Album Review Okay Kaya - SAP

The album is ultimately intravenous - its ideas pump slowly through its branch-like veins through carefully considered sound.

Okay Kaya - SAP

A conceptual art-pop thesis ,‘SAP’ explores consciousness as it manifests within the body. Lead single ‘Spinal Tap’ uses academia to deduce that dreaming, an abstract cerebral process, improves physiology. Abstraction, then, is married to biology, and Okay Kaya’s signature dreamy, poetic stoicism becomes a pathway to healing. Artsy soft-pop opener ‘Mood into Object Personified’ introduces her body - an intricate, physical structure - as the key case study. ‘SAP’ trickles through her body and mind in search of answers to unasked questions. Its tracks are deliciously metaphysical - on ‘Inside of a Plum’, ketamine therapy pulls Kaya into astral creases of her mind to “scuba dive in space” and escape insecurity - while ‘Like a Liver’’s “reinvention of the wheel” feels like sonic epiphany. Elsewhere, standouts ‘Jolene from Her Own Perspective’, an anthropological study of womanhood within a love triangle, and the lively ‘Jazzercise’, which examines modern dance therapies, offer a necessary return to reality. The album is ultimately intravenous - its ideas pump slowly through its branch-like veins through carefully considered sound, reducing consciousness to a physical liquid in the body - but occasionally could do with a stimulant or two to push it towards a destination. On the album’s most transcendental moments, its slow pace tires like the midsection of a dissertation, but nonetheless its beauty and melancholia is infectious. Perhaps that’s its conclusion: coping is a slow biological process. ‘SAP’ ultimately muses on the science of mind, body and emotion: Kaya asks if a person is merely tree goo, how far along the stem you’d travel to “realise you’re the tears of this person and the blood of [another].”

 

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