Australian pop sensation Tkay Maidza makes apathy sound positively explosive. “I really don’t care, and I’m still kinda young,” she chants, on a nursery rhyme chorus that’s both nonchalant and fired-up. She has good reason for being carefree. At 17, her debut track ‘Brontosaurus’ was a beat-driven call to arms. She’s been in the spotlight ever since, but that hasn’t prevented her from taking time, fully realising a dagger-edged slant on pop that’s definitively hers.
With Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike providing guest verses, Tkay could be in danger of being shoved out the spotlight. That’s never going to happen on ‘Carry On’, though. Such is the bombast and no-prisoners arrogance, few things sound fresher, and this is untouchable on first glance. ‘Carry On’ shares the same confident strut of Tkay’s first steps, but it’s a far bigger beast.
Who could possibly say “Bah, humbug!” to this lot.
“I thought it would be cool to make a song that captures the feeling of a new relationship but using wintertime in New York as the inspiration.”
She’ll be performing at the Waiting Room next week.
The track’s taken from recent EP ‘Last Year Was Weird Vol. 3’