JUST A STORY
EP: Mirage (out 2015)
There will be those times in your life where you hear a song for the first time and you just have to stop what you're doing, throw your hands in the air and scream, "YASSSS!" Now, I know I'm an old person who shouldn't even know about this whole YASSSS thing and I kind of even hate myself for going with it, but that's just the power of a song like 'Just A Story' by emerging Sydney music maker, OKENYO. There's only love (and a whole lot of it) for this track, which grabs you with a magical atmosphere from the get-go. An engaging, borderline-Japanese inspired musical arrangement leads into the introduction of OKENYO's oh-so-soulful vocal stylings and you're hooked. It's right here from the opening moments that you'll know this is an artist you'll be jumping on board with. It's right here that you'll know this is an artist destined for big things and a bright future.
"Walk down the path and slide down the slope, when this all passes it will be just a story." Described as, "a tongue-in-cheek comment on being suffocated by another's desire and the rituals of relationships," 'Just A Story' is the lead track from OKENYO's debut EP, Mirage. I'm pretty confident in already calling it one of my favourite EPs of the year. If the other tracks are even half as good as 'Just A Story', we're in for a delicious musical treat. I'm also thinking OKENYO can bust out a pretty powerful and soulful ballad, so fingers-crossed. I don't ask for too much, do I? Anyway, it continually blows my mind that Australia is home to such incredible talent and OKENYO will surely rise to the top in short order. Her music packs one mighty punch and it's only the start of her story. I can't wait to see how it plays out.
Matt Bond gives 'Just A Story' five Kanye heads out of five...