For the past 12 months every aspect of Kayla Grace's life has been up in the air.
The 19 year old was meant to be at university, that period of learning and debauchery which frames the experiences of so many young adults.
Yet with lockdown, everything changed. Left to her own devices, Kayla went through a thousand different emotions at once, a jumble of feelings that came spewing out in her music.
Debut single 'Bird In A Cage' is a reflection on this period, a deeply affecting piece of dark-edged indie pop that is reminiscent of beabadoobee or Holly Humberstone.
A gorgeous listen, it's the sound of a young talent speaking her truth, with her tender voice making each note count.
"'Bird In A Cage' is, to put it simply, a song about lockdown. It’s painfully relatable but feels so personal and I think it’s something I needed to get out of my system to comprehend how much life has changed for everyone since coronavirus. It’s got this kind of irony because I’m complaining about my birthday being on a zoom call while people are literally dying, but I think it just shows the reality of the situation and how differently it's impacted everyone."
"I’m in my final year of university and I’ve not really left my bedroom all year but I’m still putting this pressure on myself to be grateful that I’m even alive and healthy. I think a lot of people will resonate with the feeling of being isolated and trapped (like a bird in a cage) and all I’m hoping is that the song will help them realise they’re not truly alone. We’re all in this situation together and one day it’ll be okay again."
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