Kaiya’s upbeat new single ‘Introspect’ is the lockdown remedy every Melburnian needs

Kaiya’s upbeat new single ‘Introspect’ is the lockdown remedy every Melburnian needs

Words by Tom Parker

A sprinkle of optimism at a time when we need it most.

Emerging Melbourne R&B artist Kaiya has just revealed her debut single, ‘Introspect’, which seeks to imbue positivity into a glum COVID-19 world. With particular reference to Melbourne’s stage four lockdown, ‘Introspect’ combines Kaiya’s smooth R&B vocals with lush mid-tempo production and stands as a reminder for listeners that everything is going to be ok.

The song first served as a remedy for Kaiya’s own concerns before the concept grew. Soon enough, Kaiya’s idea for ‘Introspect’ was more profound – its message an optimistic infusion for those feeling a little hopeless with their current circumstances.

Strewn with relevance and relatability, it’s no surprise ‘Introspect’ was bedroom written and recorded. There’s an honesty and authenticity to the track that consolidates its compassionate identity.

“When I gazed out at the city I almost felt a sense of relief that it was finally on pause,” Kaiya says of the song’s inspiration. “We’re always trying to go somewhere and to just be there in silence with no beeping of cars was magical.”

While Turkish music was the theme of her family household, it was hip hop that captured Kaiya’s heart early in the piece. Ever since, Kaiya’s been on a journey to explore the foundations of the New York-bred genre, peering into early jazz inspirations before then immersing herself in neo-soul and R&B for which her inspirations Frank Ocean and SZA came into the picture.

To accompany the new track, Kaiya will be dropping a music video on Friday September 18 which she also crafted herself.

Check out the new track below.

‘Introspect’ is out now. For more on Kaiya, check out her website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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