Alt-pop songstress Kaya Stewart has today released a new single and video for ‘Jealous’, a song lifted from her recently issued second album, ‘If Things Go South’.
The video is also included in a 35 minute film made to accompany the album that has just won a Los Angeles International Film Festival award for ‘Best Music Video’. Directed by Paul Boyd, it documents Kaya’s self-actualisation as an artist along with the aches and pains of growing up, doubt, heartbreak and mental health issues. Also entitled ‘If Things Go South’, a trailer for it can be seen HERE.
Influenced by the likes of Alanis Morissette and Debbie Harry, Kaya’s new album sees her uncorking a hypnotic and hard-hitting sound with full creative control and complete independence. “This record is 100% who I am now,” she declares. “This is the Kaya I was working towards all along.” Its release on 30th September followed the rapid-fire set of singles ‘Honey’, ‘’Til I Fixed It’, ‘Hope You’re Happy’ and the record’s title song, a video for which can be seen HERE.
Born in London but raised in Los Angeles, Kaya’s musical career began in her mid-teens with a self-titled debut album on Warners that included the breakout hit ‘In Love With A Boy’. She then cut the ‘Miss Kaya’ EP with producer Jamie Lidell. Now 22, she has arrived fully formed with a scorching signature style on a new record that is tied together with powerful vocals that utilise pop-punk attitude, intimate Americana-tinged storytelling and infectious, danceable grooves. Co-written and co-produced in Nashville with her father, Dave Stewart, ‘If Things Go South’ is Kaya at her most authentic and expressive self.