WOMAN IN FEAR
SKYLINER - SINGLE
The Jakarta-native singer-songwriter Natasha Kurnia, better known as Navakaine, started her songwriting journey at 14 years old. A year later, Navakaine moved to the United States to finish her last two years of high school to Seattle, which greatly inspired her earlier songwriting. After her first breakup, she enrolled at Fordham University in New York, and jumpstarted her musical journey by creating her debut album Aftersummer at a small music studio in Times Square. Aftersummer was inspired by said breakup and finding herself in the euphoric New York City. The first single off the album titled Skyliner, an alternative-pop song on the subject of the breakup, garnered quite some listeners in her hometown Jakarta, which prompted her to tour some of the top radio stations in the city.
Though Aftersummer was technically finished in the Fall of 2018, the album was never properly readied for a release, and Navakaine went on hiatus instead. In 2019, she experienced a personal tragedy that pushed her to find a home in Europe. In July 2020, she threw caution to the wind and finally released the unpolished Aftersummer worldwide, with zero marketing. The titular track off the album succeeded on entering the Fresh Finds Indonesia playlist on #3 on Spotify.
For the past year, Navakaine has been quietly creating her next chapter with the help of her boyfriend (producer/songwriter Emil Carlsson) in her newfound home in Stockholm, Sweden. Her upcoming sophomore album, Woman in Fear, is about losing one’s dream and the aftermath of that tragedy.
“My first record was written in this space of youthfulness and hopefulness after a breakup, and I wanted it to be an album that everyone could relate to. Woman in Fear’s story is so singular, and contains so much grief and pain. It’s about me and this very specific tragedy that I’m going through. I lost my dream in quite a harrowing, permanent way. I’m in grief, and it so happens that my grief longs for an audience. I just want to turn this grief into an art.”