Mali Velasquez navigates high school life and grief on striking “Bobby”

“Bobby” is taken from Mali Velasquez‘s debut album I’m Green, out October 13 via Acrophase Records.

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Nashville’s up and coming talent Mali Velasquez, who is readying the release of her debut album I’m Green. Through this project, Velasquez explores familiar feelings of discomfort and turns them into opportunities for liberation. It is an ongoing journey of self-discovery, delving into the unrestrained spirit of youth. After the amazing introduction that was “Tore,” the singer-songwriter has unveiled her latest masterpiece, “Bobby,” which arrives hand in hand with an enthralling music video directed by Reed Schick.

In the striking narrative of “Bobby,” we find a young Velasquez navigating the challenging landscape of high school life while grappling with the loss of her mother. This poignant song leads us through the heart of her story and hometown in West Texas. Her words resonate through a contrasted and experimental tapestry of guitar-driven production, ethereal synthesizers, and a beautifully unfiltered vocal performance. Mali Velasquez’s songwriting once again stands out, offering a perspective that is both deeply personal and courageously candid.

“I wrote ‘Bobby’ originally about losing my mom when I was in highschool, I had a lot of these visuals of her being sick,” she details. “The only connections I can find from sickness and death are in animals and nature, which felt like my way out of grieving in a tunnel vision. The chorus of the song is largely about my coping with her loss, mostly being unable to move or stop staring at the wall. Grief and moving from unhealthy coping mechanisms to safer ones is a thick and embarrassing struggle that seeps into a lot of these songs.”