'The Groke' is Okay Kaya's best introduction to pop

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'The Groke' is Okay Kaya's best introduction to pop

Okay Kaya has released what is automatically one of his best songs. The versatile Norwegian composer, actress and model, whom you may know for having helped write 'Slush Puppy' by King Krule, builds in 'The Groke' a perfect groove with the most disparate instruments and with lyrics that transport you to the mythological lands of northern Europe. It's our Song of the Day.

The Groke is a fictional character in the Moomin comic series, created by Finnish Tove Jansson. He is often seen as loneliness personified. However, Kaya Wilkins uses the character as a metaphor for the “brutal seasons of the Nordic countries” and takes the opportunity to talk about “how climates around the world are becoming more temperamental.” “She She's not an omen, she's not a woman, she's dark ecology,” she sings in the chorus.

Musically, 'The Groke' is totally unpredictable. Between flutes of different tones, violins, basses and synthesizers, Okay Kaya achieves the perfect balance between experimentation and pop sensibility. At times, the song is a crazy whirlwind of strings, before becoming a neckbreaker again.

The video clip, on the other hand, shows the singer walking through a hot and surreal desert until we see her melting inside a toaster, among other things that have never happened in a music video.

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