Posts Tagged ‘Okay Kaya’

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Kaya Wilkins—under the moniker Okay Kaya—is one of indie label Jagjaguwar’s freshest faces, but her latest single “Baby Little Tween” puts the new artist right at the level of her beloved labelmates Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen. The single is just one piece of her debut project on Jagjaguwar, Watch This Liquid Pour Itself, which shows Wilkins coming to terms with a former identity.

Album opener “Baby Little Tween” rests upon delicate, watery synths that cradle Wilkins’ half-whispered realizations. As the song picks up into a groove, she self-harmonizes, singing, “I used to be inspired / Used to feel something / I used to fight the feeling always let it win.” Sung through Wilkins’ multiple voices, these lyrical bridges between her two identities become even more apparent.

Baby Little Tween’ from ‘Watch This Liquid Pour Itself’ by Okay Kaya, available January 24th, 2020 on Jagjaguwar

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Psych Ward is an irresistible slice of slacker-indie that is notable for it’s resigned, literal lyrics, and was inspired by Kaya Wilkins’ own experience in a mental health institution. Kaya’s Jagjaguwar debut, “Watch This Liquid Pour Itself”, due on 24th January 2020, is filled with images of pools of sweat, oceans, and other forms of wetness. On her first single, Kaya has been playing music since she was a tween, learning songs on her acoustic guitar and listening to Cody Chesnutt. And, being from originally from Norway, she also played in a black metal project. Although she remains at the center of her artistic process,


Psych Ward’ from ‘Watch This Liquid Pour Itself’ by Okay Kaya, available January 24th, 2020 on Jagjaguwar Records. Released January 24th, 2020.


For a lot of new artists, there needs to be something uniquely new to be exciting. But when you think about it, a lot of the lasting talents have a timeless quality that doesn’t depend on the trends and modern styles of the contemporary soundscape.


New York-based Norwegian artist OKAY KAYA doesn’t need to sound like right now to be one of the best newcomers in music. She’s already made some great first steps and surrounded herself with good people like Rodaidh McDonald (producer for King Krule, The xx, and Sampha) and Tobias Jesso Jr. (who she toured with and who was one of our favorite new artists last year). Her dream-like arrangements and alluring vocals create an atmosphere that is at once intimate and cinematic, and while her first songs are simply gorgeous, there’s plenty of room for expansion on her ageless songwriting.