October 29, 2022

The airwaves these days seems to be full of rather jolly and fun filled female vocalists who have their moment of fame and then these bright young things mostly disappear into obscurity. In contrast the women with real substance and talent like Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, Alanis Morissette, Joan Baez, Tori Amos to name but a few get on with the business and show that substance will always overcome style. Now Kaya Stewart may not yet be in the class of those mentioned but she has the voice, talent and song-writing skills to get close to what those giants have achieved.

Kaya was born in London but raised in Los Angeles which helps to give a unique perspective on life which is always essential for a songwriter. She most certainly has talent in her blood as she is the daughter of Dave Stewart, he of Eurythmics fame, and he has also co-written and co-produced the album too. If Things Go South is album number two following on from her intriguing self-titled debut in 2016 and if you have grown up in the music business then it must be only natural to follow in your father’s footsteps. Of course, it is an adage that musician’s need some sort of pain or tragedy to focus their song-writing skills on and it seems that in the crazy pandemic world of 2020 she was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder which became the theme of the album and her battles in coming to terms with and battling OCD. What we have is deep, dark, yet uplifting journey down her difficult path and all delivered with a beautiful and vulnerable fragility that is a thing of aching beauty. Stewart has a wonderful and tender delivery that draws you into her world, her pain and the ultimate triumph of recognition, acceptance and progression of her life.

If Things Goo South is a perfectly written and beautifully delivered indie singer-songwriter album with Stewart displaying her unique storytelling credentials and all delivered as perfect adult- oriented pop with attitude. Her father surely qualifies as a certified musical genius and his genes have most definitely been passed on to Kaya Stewart so be prepared to hear a lot more from this most talented and articulate woman.

If Things Go South

  1. Getting Closer (2:15)
  2. If Things Go South (3:16)
  3. Young In New York (2:52)
  4. Til I Fixed It (2:46)
  5. Jealous (3:26)
  6. Honey (2:05)
  7. Independence (2:50)
  8. This Tattoo (2:58)
  9. 3 Is Company (1:53)
  10. Hope You’re Happy (3:39)

If Things Go South by Kaya Stewart is out now on Bay Street Records