Skip to main content

Featured Post

Amazon to start its biggest Black Friday sale yet on 16 November

Amazon's Black Friday Sale 2018 is to be its biggest yet, running from 16 November to the 25th. Here's what you need to know.
Amazon is all set for its biggest Black Friday sale yet with ten days of discounts on electronics, toys, games, fashion, beauty and home products. Black Friday deals begin 16 November and end on the 25th.

Okay Kaya - Both Music Album Reviews

Okay Kaya - Both Music Album Reviews

King Krule collaborator Kaya Wilkins escapes music-industry servitude and speaks truth on her own terms in a frank, often melancholy bedroom-pop debut leavened by diaristic sarcasm.

Kaya Wilkins’ debut, released under her moniker Okay Kaya, is the soundtrack to a state of limbo where identity, feelings, and sexuality continually shapeshift. The defining qualities of Both—ardent lyrics and vocal melodies that lend a soulful dimension to angst—have long been linchpins of Wilkins’ work. It was these gifts that led her to a partnership with HXC Recordings a few years back. During that time, she laid down tracks whenever she could squeeze in some studio time and suffered the indignities of being a young woman in the music business. An urge to speak truth on her own terms spurred Wilkins to discard two years’ worth of songs made under corporate servitude and retreat to the safety of her Greenpoint apartment, where, over the course of three years, she recorded the majority of Both.

The gloomy atmosphere of Okay Kaya’s early HXC singles, like “Damn, Gravity” and “Clenched Teeth,” drew comparisons to the work of her eventual collaborator, King Krule (whose frequent producer Rodaidh McDonald also worked on “Damn, Gravity”). These releases have an ethereal feel: Their minimal guitar lines echo over spare beats as Wilkins’ lyrics weave intricate tapestries of uneasiness, her voice bobbing lightly above the noise.

Both preserves the beguiling vocal melodies of Okay Kaya’s HXC era, but the polished poetics and calculatedly offbeat styling have disappeared in favor of more unguarded material. No longer satisfied to make music designed for heavy coffee-shop rotation, she has entered the more intimate and experimental world of bedroom pop.

Her first album thrives on oversharing, and diaristic sarcasm brings self-awareness and emotional intelligence to Wilkins’ thoughtful ruminations on melancholy and the many mundane activities it braids itself into. “If I ever get a dog, Imma name it hindsight,” her doubled voice repeats over warm synths on “Hindsights a Bitch.” Electronic elements like the beat on this track add another new facet to Okay Kaya’s sound, which features production assistance from Wilkins’ boyfriend, Porches’ Aaron Maine.

“Habitual Love,” the record’s most infectious bop, is an off-kilter motivational anthem about summoning the strength to pull yourself out of a rut. Wilkins comes across as wise and confident for much of the song: “Who wants to be loved out of habit?” she asks. “I want my love to be magic.” But when the sensual beat drops out at the bridge, it’s like the floor has crumbled beneath her, and she plunges into uncertainty. Wilkins’ tone often varies like this within individual tracks, accentuating the spontaneity of her candid lyrics and imbuing her music with the immediacy of an artist impatient to get bottled-up frustrations out of her system. Instead of performing on cue in the studio, she was free to jump out of bed at four in the morning to record a vocal if inspiration struck—and it shows in the intimacy she creates on the album.

With a total runtime of 37 minutes, Both isn’t a long first effort, but it is one that could have benefited from more editing. On “French Press Girl,” the record’s most puzzling inclusion, Wilkins falls into a familiar singer-songwriter trap, neglecting melody in favor of emotional earnestness. Deprived of the catchiness and wit of the album’s other songs, the track feels unstructured, incomplete, and incongruous.

But excess is embedded in the very title of Both, a debut defined by conflicted feelings and Wilkins’ self-aware sense of humor about them. She describes the subtle but all-consuming sadness that keeps you stuck in your room, unable to open the door. She brings the unexpected happiness of a smile that emerges through tears. She captures the kind of restless melancholy you can only dance your way through. She knows that misery and horniness aren’t mutually exclusive. For Okay Kaya, “both” is a way of life.

View the original article here


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

LG G5 Review In-Depth

Can LG take on the Galaxy S7 with a metal design, dual-cameras and an accessory slot? Here's our first LG G5 review, focusing on LG G5 design and build, LG G5 specs, LG G5 cameras and LG G5 software and apps.
Alongside the Galaxy S7, the LG G5 is one of the biggest phones (not literally) to launch in 2016 – and we're not just talking in the Android world. It's one of the heavyweights and LG will be looking to set the market alight with the G5's alternative and innovative modular design.

Oppo RX17 Pro Review: Hands-on

We had time with Oppo’s new RX17 Pro. It may be blue and purple but how different is it to the similar OnePlus 6T and is it worth your time?
Should I Buy The Oppo RX17 Pro?
Oppo has made a solid mid-range phone in the RX17 Pro. Build quality is premium, fast charging is industry-best fast and the display is of high quality.But the price is high at 599€ considering the OnePlus 6T with a better processor starts at £499/€529. And while functioning as it’s supposed to, ColorOS is still unrefined for the western market with far too many changes to Android to recommend over competitors.

Apple iPhone XR Review

If you aren't sure you are ready to leave the Home button behind and embrace Face ID, think again. We'll tell you why the iPhone XR is worth the sacrifice - especially because it's just as good (if not better than) the iPhone XS. Find out more in out full review.
Should I Buy The Apple iPhone XR?
The iPhone XR brings Face ID to the masses. We’re sure people will continue to rebel against the lack of Home button, but eventually we expect them to come round and embrace the larger screen, Portrait mode (front and back), animoji and memoji.We have no doubt that this will be a popular iPhone and it deserves to be. The only question is why would anyone buy an iPhone XS when the iPhone XR is just as powerful and has a bigger screen.

2019 BMW i8 Review

The 2019 BMW i8 is a head-turner for its looks, which hides its plug-in powertrain. That’s good or bad, depending on your priorities.Even among six-figure cars with two doors, the 2019 BMW i8 steals stares. That could be because of the dramatic wing doors and futuristic shape, its laser headlights at night, or the 2019 i8’s silent propulsion for up to 18 miles.
Or it may steal attention because, even after more than four years on sale, it’s a very rare sight.

BlackBerry KEYone Review

BlackBerry soliders on with a curious Android device that gets nearly everything right. It’s not for everyone though, in fact, it’s not really for anyone. But if you want a physical keyboard you will absolutely love it.
Should I Buy The BlackBerry KEYone?
But then, the KEYone is the best BlackBerry phone for years. It has (finally) successfully melded classic BlackBerry design with the necessary mix of Android and nostalgia. Importantly, the latter is only faint this time – this is a device for 2017, not 2007.If you love your iPhone or Samsung, you’ll hate the KEYone and won’t even consider buying it. But if you’ve made it to the end of this review, chances are you’re weighing up a buy. If you think you’ll love the BlackBerry KEYone, then I’m pretty certain you won’t be disappointed. You’re part of a minority, but finally BlackBerry has a phone for you that doesn’t force you to compromise.

Like Fan Page