New York-via-Norway’s Okay Kaya (born Kaya Aurora Wilkins) popped up on the scene a few years back with a string of stunning, lo-fi indie pop songs, some sung in her native tongue. After opening for the likes of Floating Points on his recent US tour and co-starring in a soon-to-be-released Norwegian supernatural lesbian thriller titled Thelma, Okay Kaya returns to music in a big way with the release of her new single, “IUD.”
Similarly arranged to her older songs, “IUD” is a patient and cleverly produced track that abides by the philosophy “less is more”. Unlike her previous material, this track aptly fills the space of three minutes with just a handful of melodies and rhythms. Her voice is placed at the center of the mix, which the makes the frank lines she sings all the more hilarious.
“Would you come with me to get an IUD?” she sings on the opening line, “Maybe, if you come with me, I will let you come in me.” TMI? Maybe, maybe not. Creating an equal and balanced sexual dynamic is a valid part of any relationship, but Kaya approaches the subject gently, maturely and not without a hint of dark humor (“We could go to planned parenthood/ I heard they’re not doing so good /A bunch of men sit around and scheme ’bout/ What women do to their bodies,” Kaya sings on the second verse).
Okay Kaya adds another layer of complexity to the track’s video, an impeccably shot montage of Kaya exploring, relating and interacting with another version of herself. It’s pretty surreal, and might suggest this song is more about self-love than romantic love. Watch it above.