British singer and frequent King Krule collaborator Kaya Wilkins presents her sophomore album under her solo Okay Kaya. Out in late January 2020 via Jagjaguwar, Watch This Liquid Pour has been described as “Sade for nihilists” - an accurate description of her melancholy, gauzy bedroom-soul.
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Personality. I’ve definitely opened a review talking about personality before. But something can be true of more than one thing, and I don’t think it would be right to talk about ‘Watch This Liquid Pour Itself’ without talking about Okay Kaya’s personality.
It’s all over this thing. She sings these little lines that remind me of (Sandy) Alex G or Jens Lekman in how perfectly they can capture a feeling. ‘Psych Ward’ centres on a cry for liberation so small and manageable that revolution feels possible. “You can peel an orange any way you please in the psych ward”. Comrades, we will win!
The standout line though comes on ‘Asexual Wellbeing’, a kind of weird 80s disco banger that climaxes with Okay Kaya triumphantly singing “sex with me is mediocre”. It's beautiful and cathartic. Little is more satisfying than coming to terms with something about yourself.
There’s a lot of personality in the music as well. From the aforementioned high-energy rager, to ‘Overstimulated’, whose guitars sound like they’re being played by Eric Chenaux. The brilliantly titled ‘Zero Interaction Noodle Bar’ is a cappella, which imbues its lyrics about a date with her “parasite” an almost spiritual loftiness. It all makes for quite a funny juxtaposition, especially when, after an outro featuring church bells, she quitely whispers “ah, fuck”.
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