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There is a hidden imaginary world, where the skyline is shaped like New York’s, and it is always summer. The streetlights are purple, and the various characters that live in it are all pretty, heartbroken, and larger than life. That is the world that we find ourselves in when listening to Navakaine.
Born in Jakarta in 1999 as Natasha Kurnia, Navakaine always used music as a way to numb herself down. The stage name “Navakaine” is derived from “novocaine”, a numbing agent used during dental surgeries. Seattle was the first city that inspired her to write songs, but after graduating high school and enrolling at Fordham University, she fell madly in love with New York City. So it is not strange that almost all of her songs are an ode to New York and the residents she finds beautiful.
Her debut record "Aftersummer" is the gateway to that hidden world. It was finally released in Summer 2020. Although it has three demo songs, the album tells a finished story: "I finished recording in 2018, so it's been long overdue. I know some songs need polishing, but I can't go back to editing because I'm not in the same headspace that I was in two years ago. But I want to properly honor that 18-year-old me and her story and let her be in the lights forever. This way, I can move on and start working on new things."
Navakaine now resides in Europe, seeking new landscapes to write about.