Self-taught musician Nastiya Kai unveils album – Demon Era

Emerging alt pop sensation Nastiya Kai released her debut album, Demon Era, on May 31, 2024 via her imprint Nastiya Kai Music. The LP, which premiered via NOCTIS Mag, follows the release of her most recent single, ‘Party At My House’ in April 2024 and her haunting hit ‘Bury Me’ in October 2023, with the latter receiving support from NOTION Magazine, CLASH Magazine, Wonderland Magazine and EARMILK Magazine as well as landing her an interview with Numéro Magazine and airplay on Flux FM. With her music accumulating more than 141 500 streams and counting, Nastiya Kai is carving a place for herself in pop’s prolific world, and she’s here to stay. 

Hailing from Moscow and now based in LA, Nastiya Kai is an entirely self-taught musician. She began playing piano at a young age, starting to write songs at the age of ten. Struggling with bullying, mental health and loneliness in school, Nastiya Kai found solace quietly playing guitar in her boarding school dormitory. After shifting careers, universities, countries and more, she has found that music has always been a constant, and began releasing singles in 2023. 

With a sound that has been compared to Caroline Polachek and Sub Urban, Nastiya Kai finds inspiration in a vast range of genres and artists, citing the likes of David Bowie, Daughter, The Naked and Famous, Crystal Castles, The Prodigy and Bob Dylan as but a few who have influenced her. Carving a place for herself in the ever-growing pop world, her music is for fans of avant-pop luminaries such as Billie Eilish, Grimes and VÉRITÉ. 

Demon Era is an explosive 13-track confessional odyssey through turmoil, mental health, betrayal, desire, empowerment, self-actualization and so much more. Eluding the confines of a single genre, it offers the listener an array of sounds, from the gritty hyperpop of the short opener, ‘London’ to the power ballad ‘Hey Bridget’, and so much more. ‘Party At My Place’, is another stylistic smorgasbord – a pulsing, introspective avant-pop anthem dissolves into a short glitchy ambient passage, which in turn gives way to an outro sweetly sung over picked acoustic guitar. The album offers an eclectic feast of moods and genres, while retaining a cohesive sense of Nastiya Kai’s distinctive strength and potent, raw emotionality. 

Demon Era Album Tracklist

  1. London
  2. Party At My House
  3. Demons
  4. Bury Me
  5. Calm Down
  6. Hollywood
  7. Death Wish
  8. Hey Bridget
  9. I’d Do Anything
  10. The One
  11. Wild
  12. Rockabye
  13. Demon Era