$15 – $17

Okay Kaya

Noise Pop Presents
18+

Event Information

Performers

Performers

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Cafe du Nord

2174 Market St

San Francisco, CA

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description
Okay Kaya LIVE at Cafe Du Nord March 9th, 2020. This show is 18+ with valid ID. All sales are final.

About this Event

Noise Pop Presents:

Okay Kaya

In Summer 2018, Kaya Wilkins of Okay Kaya was offered a role in a Norwegian film which required her to essentially become a professional grade scuba diver. As part of the training she poured over scuba theory and heaps of instructional text. And phrase-by-phrase, she found that scuba theory is not so different from the self-care and mental health mantras of which Kaya has become all-too familiar. Okay Kaya’s haunting new song “Ascend and Try Again,” is the sonic representation of watching a bubble roll past your scuba mask and up through the dark water toward the light. It’s Sibylle Baier with a case of the bends. It’s your Hot Girl Summer trapped inside a diving bell. She pulls phrases from her scuba manuals -- “Breath regularly,” “Never, ever hold your breath,” “Find a neutral buoyancy” -- and underscores their dual uses. Yes, these words will help you when you’re 20-feet below the ocean’s surface, but they also might get you through the palpitations and chest pain of an anxiety attack.

As Okay Kaya, the Norwegian-born New York-based artist constructs svelte, jazz-inflected songs -- which, more often than not, feature just her effortless, breathy contralto; her fancy-chord-sounding guitar figurations; and minimal, innovative accoutrement. Her deadpan, cutting lyrics are sung in a way so patient, gorgeous and smooth you assume they must have a Lexapro prescription. This understated prowess is at the height -- and depth -- of its power on “Ascend and Try Again.”

The video accompaniment for the song, co-directed by Kaya and Adinah Dancyger, features Kaya in a Japanese hot spring where both beauty and an existential terror seem to be doing battle for control of the atmosphere. It’s as vulnerable and elusive as the song itself.

As it turned out, after Day 1 of scuba training, an inner-ear proclivity for infection would keep Kaya out of the gorgeous, blue depths and the feature film altogether. It was a painful experience and a doctor strongly advised against diving: “I’m Mother Nature’s bitch,” Kaya said.

Share with friends

Performers

Date and Time

Location

Cafe du Nord

2174 Market St

San Francisco, CA

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Save This Event

Event Saved