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“Boldness is warranted when you’ve got a hook as devastating as the one that singer Nilüfer Yanya repeats with mounting intensity on her new single.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Effortlessly smooth new soul star.” – THE FADER
“One of the most promising new artists of the year.” – PITCHFORK
“Yanya is a mesmerizing singer, with a haunting voice that suggests not only wisdom but also pain well beyond her years, as well as a killer ear for melody.” – NYLON
TORONTO, ON – February 06, 2018 – Nilüfer Yanya, London’s 22 year-old “effortlessly smooth new soul star” (The FADER) today releases her new single “Thanks 4 Nothing”, via Blue Flowers/ATO Records, which she premiered last night on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show.
“Thanks 4 Nothing” is Nilüfer’s first single of 2018, and follows last year’s releases “Baby Luv” (number 18 in Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2017) and “Golden Cage” (number 64 in the same list). Detailing the darker thoughts surrounding a break up, “Thanks 4 Nothing” is a poignant look at a crumbling relationship that can’t be fixed: “I won’t even try in case it don’t work / I hate you and I hate this.”
Speaking of the track, Nilüfer explained “Thanks 4 Nothing” is about “drawing a final line under something that should have ended a long time ago. The song shows you can be bitter and grateful about it at the same time.”
The video was directed by new creative duo ENERGYFORCE, who helped Nilüfer realize her vision of recreating a cult, existing within the aesthetic of a classic indie film. Nilufer explains “We wanted to make the Handmaid’s Tale meets Pulp Fiction. It carries a strong outdated 70s vibe with occult twists where nothing really goes according to plan and nothing really happens. This echoes both the current political climate and the inner failings of a relationship, both cult-like in their own way and blindly following one another, shot on 16mm film for that cinematic effect.”
Watch the video “Thanks 4 Nothing”:
Nilüfer has also announced a trip to SXSW and her first headlining U.K. and European tour dates of 2018, starting with a run of six dates across Europe in April and then an eight-date U.K. tour in May, finishing with a night at London’s Village Underground on 29 May, her biggest headline show thus far.
Tickets are on sale now via www.niluferyanya.com.
2018 is looking bright for Nilüfer Yanya after landing a spot on the BBC’s annual Sound Of poll longlist, continuing a stellar 2017 in which she enjoyed extensive support from both mainstream and independent music, culture and fashion publications such as Pitchfork, The FADER and The New York Times, plus a host of DJs at BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music (where Nilüfer hit the C List with ‘Baby Luv’) and BBC Introducing in London. A further slew of best-of lists, including DIY’s ‘Class Of’ and The FADER’s ‘British Artists To Watch’, as well as GQ’s and Dork’s, firmly established Nilüfer as one of the most promising British songwriters and guitarists of her generation, and an in-demand new talent for this year.
See Nilüfer Yanya at the following live dates:
9 – 18 March | SXSW, Austin
9 April | Le Pop Up Du Label, Paris
10 April | Paradiso, Amsterdam
11 April | TRIX, Antwerp
12 April | Mojo Club, Hamburg
13 April | Auster Club, Berlin
25 April | Babylon, Istanbul
18 May I The Great Escape, Brighton
19 May I Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
20 May I Deaf Institute, Manchester
21 May I The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
22 May I Barrow Library, Barrow-In-Furness
23 May I Broadcast, Glasgow
24 May I Brudenelll Social Club, Leeds
29 May I Village Underground, London
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