Hannah Kim, known on-stage as Luna Li, brings the warmth of lush soundscapes and dreamy vocals to Toronto’s indie scene. As a multi-instrumentalist, her sound is a patchwork of beautifully arranged live instruments from harp and violin to synths and electric guitar.
Last year, in the midst of universal uncertainty, millions of listeners found comfort in Luna Li’s self-produced beat videos. These short, blissful instrumentals earned her a slot on 88rising’s ASIA RISING FOREVER online festival and caught the attention of artists including Noname, Jessie Reyez, and Melanie Faye. In February, Luna Li compiled these beats into the jams EP—a delightful 10-track, 10-minute project best enjoyed on repeat.
Luna Li’s most recent singles “Cherry Pit” and “Alone But Not Lonely” are brimming with gentle affirmations, whimsical storytelling, and unmatched musicality. As you drift through these mystical songs, you’re left wondering how she ever condensed her ideas into 60-seconds in the first place.
Last week, Hannah Kim left her part-time job teaching music to pursue her career as Luna Li full time. With her debut album arriving later this year and a tour with Japanese Breakfast kicking off this fall, Toronto’s music-making moon fairy is on track for nothing less than a breakthrough year.—Nico Tripodi