NILÜFER YANYA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM & SHARES “STABILISE” THE LEAD SINGLE AND VIDEO
November 9, 2021
NILÜFER YANYA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM PAINLESS DUE MARCH 4, 2022
SHARES LEAD SINGLE AND VIDEO “STABILISE”
Photo credit: Molly Daniel
What the press is saying about Nilüfer Yanya:
“The rapturous debut from the British singer-songwriter takes adventurous pop-rock crucibles to new heights with her illusory songwriting and stunning voice.”
“skates swiftly from scuzzy rock to pinprick funk, from power chords and splatting cymbals to soft, prettily multi-tracked hooks”
“packages the unknown into crisp, fluid pop songs that act like elliptical thoughts”
“With her guitar-forward edge and contralto pipes, the London native’s firm grasp on the indie-rock space was all but fated”
Nilüfer Yanya has today announced her hugely anticipated second album PAINLESS releasing March 4th, 2022 via ATO Records. The album’s lead single “Stabilise” also arrives today alongside its accompanying video by her sister and longtime creative collaborator Molly Daniel.
Nilüfer Yanya is returning to the stage for Pitchfork Music Festival London, co-headlining Hackney Church on November 13th with Moses Boyd and supported by Emma-Jean Thackray, and cktrl. Tickets are entirely sold out for the event already.
Over a fast-paced, nimble guitar line on new single “Stabilise” Yanya sings “There’s nothing out there / For you and me / I’m going nowhere”. It is a song about the mundanity of the city where dog fights, small flats, and endless high-rise buildings can induce claustrophobia. Nilüfer shares about the concept behind the single and video, “I was really thinking about your surroundings and how much they influence or change your perception of things. A lot of the city is just grey and concrete, there’s no escape.” She adds, “The video plays on the central theme in the song of no one coming to save you ever. It’s set in depths of reality in every day life where we are the only one’s truly capable of salvaging or losing ourselves. Nothing is out there -both a depressing and reassuring statement (depending on how you look at it). Sometimes you have to dress up as a spy or a rock star and just hope for the best.”
PAINLESS is the follow-up to Nilüfer Yanya’s renowned 2019 debut album Miss Universe, which fully established her as a singular artist and a distinctive voice that simply has to be heard. The critically acclaimed Miss Universe – a widescreen concept record that took a tongue in cheek swipe at the most self-involved corners of the health and wellness industry – was followed last year by the three song EP Feeling Lucky?, which further explored Yanya’s fascination with ‘90s alt-rock melodies and drew on themes of resentment, her fear of flying, and the concept of luck. Pitchfork summed up Feeling Lucky? and her now peerless songwriting aptitude best: “Nilüfer Yanya’s melodies have a pull so strong they almost necessitate their own law of physics.” Yanya also re-released her early EPs on vinyl for the first time this year on the record Inside Out. The release is a fundraiser for Artists in Transit, a collaborative not for profit group she founded with her sister Molly that delivers art workshops to displaced people and communities in times of hardship.
As the daughter of two visual artists (her Irish-Barbadian mother is a textile designer and her Turkish-born father’s work is exhibited at the British Museum) creativity was always destined for Nilüfer Yanya’s future. Now she enters the next stage of her creative journey, Yanya is running head first into the depths of emotional vulnerability on her sophomore record PAINLESS. The album was recorded between a basement studio in Stoke Newington and Riverfish Music in Penzance with Miss Universe collaborator and producer Wilma Archer, DEEK Recordings founder Bullion, Big Thief producer Andrew Sarlo, and musician Jazzi Bobbi.
Where Miss Universe stretched musical boundaries to include a litany of styles from smooth jazz melodies to radio ready pop, PAINLESS takes a more direct sonic approach. By narrowing down her previously broad palette to a handful of robust ideas that revolve around melancholy harmonies and looped industrial beats to mimic the insular focus of the lyrics, Yanya has smoothed out the idiosyncrasies of previous releases without losing what is essential to her.
PAINLESS is a record that forces the listener to sit with the discomfort that accompanies so many of life’s biggest challenges whether it be relationship breakdowns, coping with loneliness, or the search for our inner self. “It’s a record about emotion,” Yanya explains. “I think it’s more open about that in a way that Miss Universe wasn’t because there’s so many cloaks and sleeves with the concept I built around it.” She adds, summing up the ethos of the new album, “I’m not as scared to admit my feelings”.
March 4th 2022
1. the dealer
5. chase me
6. midnight sun
10. belong with you
11. the mystic