MALIA's What's After 'I Love You?' reviewed: Straight from the epicentre of heartbreak

"My heart, mind, body and spirit were calling out for me to create," singer-songwriter MALIA says of the heartbreak that inspired her diaristic conceptual EP 'What’s After ‘I Love You?''.

The neo-soul star ironically oozes sophistication with velvet-smooth vocals and soulful, jazz-infused instrumentation on this introspective tale of heartache.

A must-listen for anyone who is going through the aftermath of a breakup, this eight-tracker is easy to get lost in with soothing vocals and hair-raising melodies.

MALIA - who was the only artist asked by Alicia Keys to cover a song for the 20th anniversary of 'Songs In A Minor' - gives the listener plenty to takeaway in unpacking her own vulnerability.

'Hung Up' is straight from the epicentre of heartbreak; when raw emotion erupts into a million reflections of "what could have been".

After heartbreak, comes healing, though, and closer 'Undone' encapsulates the beauty in the realisation that love never dies.

Offering the light at the end of the tunnel, MALIA muses: "But there's something about the flower that grows out of the mud..."

'What's After 'I Love You?'' is a moment to look inward and rejoice in the freedom of letting go of love past.

FFO: SZA, Solange, Alicia Keys

Rating: 8/10