With a unique blend of influences deriving from the ‘80s new wave, soul, trip-hop, grunge to cinematic power ballads, KOKA merges her distinct tastes into a beautiful blend between art pop, indie soul and experimental pop. Currently, KOKA is working on her debut album, due to be released in the beginning of 2022.
New Noise are proud to premiere KOKA’s latest single, “The Next Step,” below:
While seeking relief in spiritual teachings and meditation KOKA’s songwriting was born, as she moved to Berlin and started performing solo on the piano.
Her vocal melodies, paired with unique synth-sounds and the changing intensity of drums and percussions, shape into complex journeys leading listeners through scenes of hope with a touch of mysticism. Her strongest influences revolve around artists such as Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, Portishead, Florence + The Machine, Fever Rae and more.
Like a loud empowering call, amidst the tension of the fast-growing digital era, the need for relief and the uncertainty for our future, “The Next Step” comes at the most accurate point in time as a song & message, on the brink of a world crisis, hoping for the pandemic to fade out from our lives.
On the meaning the track, KOKA states:
“I wrote the song back in 2017 when I was still active in my past career of an architect and was seeking relief in personal growth and meditation. When I was becoming aware, that hard work and internal struggle do not lead to fulfilment; that finding meaning in our lives is definitely what we all long for, but so often no-one cares what our inner purpose in this life is.
What dreams and talents did we come equipped with and are we responsible for? The power in the practice of trust and a good-feeling place started to change my life. So, the entire song and the lyrics came out just like that.”
Pre-order “The Next Step” here.