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Nilüfer Yanya Debut Album "Miss Universe"

NILÜFER YANYA

ANNOUNCES HOTLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘MISS UNIVERSE’ - OUT 22 MARCH ON ATO RECORDS/PIAS

NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ‘IN YOUR HEAD’ OUT TODAY

U.K., EUROPE AND TURKEY HEADLINE TOUR STARTS 28 MARCH AT BABYLON ISTANBUL & INCLUDES LONDON SHOW AT EVOLUTIONARY ARTS HACKNEY (9 APRIL)

“Here is a star in the making.” - The Sunday Times Culture

“Her voice will surprise you, her raw, romantic songs about love and loss will break your heart, and you better get ready to hear more.” - Noisey

“London’s most exciting pop artist” - Pitchfork

Watch the video for ‘In Your Head’ HERE

Nilüfer Yanya, London’s 23 year-old “effortlessly smooth new soul star” (The FADER) has today announced her hotly-anticipated debut full length album Miss Universe. The record will be released on 22 March via ATO Records/PIAS/GRGDN and launches today with the unveiling of Nilüfer’s new single and video ‘In Your Head’.

The stunning video for ‘In Your Head’ was filmed in the Las Vegas desert by longtime creative collaborator ENERGYFORCE and mirrors the track’s thrilling choruses and frantic energy. Speaking about ‘In Your Head’, Nilüfer said, “Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me and I get trapped. There’s the things I need disguised as things I think I only want, things I think I’m choosing out of choice not necessity. Sometimes this only becomes clear in retrospect, or maybe it will never become clear. Some people may call that being paranoid. I think that’s what I wrote the song about , but what’s interesting to me, and what I think I was trying to get at, is the illusion of freedom.”

Miss Universe was largely recorded in the same remote Penzance studio she used to jam in with her uncle Joe - a former musician himself - and features co-productions with both her former school guitar teacher The Invisible’s Dave Okumu and her live bandmates Jazzi Bobbi and Luke Bower, as well as producers John Congleton, Oli Barton-Wood, Will Archer and M.T. Hadley.

2019 starts in whirlwind fashion with Nilufer touring throughout January and February with Sharon Van Etten across the USA. Next Nilüfer embarks on her biggest U.K., Europe and Turkey headline tour to date in April. Beginning with a show in Nilüfer’s father’s ancestral home Istanbul on 28 March, she then takes in most major U.K. cities, including her biggest London show so far on 9 April at Evolutionary Arts Hackney, before European dates everywhere from France and the Netherlands to Austria and Germany -  culminating on 1 May at ACU in Utrecht. Fellow London songwriter and guitarist Westerman will support Nilüfer on all of the U.K. dates and tickets for the entire tour are available from HERE.

Following her inclusion in the BBC’s influential Sound Of poll in 2018, Nilüfer is the latest cover star of Loud And Quiet magazine and was recently tipped as an Artist to Watch in 2019 by The Guardian, The Independent, i, Q, Dork and The 405. The foundations are firmly laid for Nilüfer Yanya’s debut album - and her confirmation as a rare and utterly original British songwriting talent.

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Though she’d been writing songs in her head since she was six, and on the guitar since she was 12, it took a long time for Nilüfer Yanya to work up the courage to show anyone her music. “I knew I wanted to sing, but the idea of actually having to do it was really horrifying,” says the 23-year-old. When she was finally persuaded to do so, by a music teacher in West London where she grew up, she says “it was horrible. I loved it”.

At 18, Nilüfer – who is of Turkish-Irish-Bajan heritage – uploaded a few demos to SoundCloud. Though she’s preternaturally shy, her music – which uniquely blends elements of soul and jazz into intimate pop songs with electronic flourishes and a newly expressed grungy guitar sound – isn’t. And it didn’t take long for it to catch people’s attention. She signed with independent New York label ATO, following three EPs on esteemed london indie label Blue Flowers, and earned a place on the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist. She also supported the likes of The xx, Interpol, Broken Social Scene and Mitski on tour.

Now, Nilüfer is ready to release her debut album, Miss Universe. Though she recorded much of it in the same remote Cornwall studio she used to jam in  as a much younger person, it is bigger and more ambitious than anything she has done before. ‘Angels’, with its muted, harmonic riffs, channels ideas “of paranoid thoughts and anxiety” – a theme that runs through the album, not least in its conceptual spoken word interludes which emanate from a fictional health management company WWAY HEALTH TM. “You sign up, and you pay a fee,” explains Nilüfer of the automated messages, which are littered through the album and are narrated by the titular Miss Universe. “They sort out all of your dietary requirements, and then they move onto medication, and then maybe you can get a better organ or something… and then suddenly it starts to get a bit weird. You're giving them more of you and to what end?”
 

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 See Nilüfer Yanya on tour in 2019:

6 February | 9:30 Club, Washington^
7 February | Union Transfer, Philadelphia^
8 February | Royale, Boston^
9 February | Beacon Theatre, New York City^
11 February | Danforth Music Hall, Toronto^
13 February | Majestic Theatre, Detroit^

14 February | Thalia Hall, Chicago^

15 February | Thalia Hall, Chicago^

16 February | Firsy Avenue, Minneapolis^
18 February | Gothic Theatre, Englewood^

19 February | Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City^

21 February | Crystal Ballroom, Portland^
22 February | The Imperial, Vancouver^
23 February | Neptune Theatre, Seattle^
26 February | The Filmore, San Francisco^
28 February | The Observatory North Park, San Diego^

1 March | The Theatre, LA^

28 March | Babylon, Istanbul

3 April | CCA, Glasgow

4 April | YES, Manchester

5 April | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

6 April | The Cluny, Newcastle

8 April | O2 Academy Leicester University, Leicester

9 April | Evolutionary Arts Hackney, London

11 April | Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

12 April | Thekla, Bristol

13 April | O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford

14 April | The Haunt, Brighton

16 April | Bitterzoet, Amsterdam

17 April | Nochtwache, Hamburg

18 April | Kantine am Berghain, Berlin

19 April | Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam

21 April | Chelsea Club, Vienna

22 April | Ampere, Munich

24 April | Exil, Zurich

25 April | Blue Shell, Koln

26 April | Le Point Ephemere, Paris

29 April | Les Nuits Botanique Festival, Brussels

30 April | Merleyn, Nijmegen

1 May | ACU, Utrecht

1 June | Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
8-12 August | Belle & Sebastian Boaty Weekender

^with Sharon Van Etten

Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe- out 22/03/19 via ATO Records/PIAS/GRGDN
 

1. WWAY HEALTH ™

2. In Your Head

3. Paralysed

4. Angels
5. Experience?
6. Paradise
7. Baby Blu
8. Warning
9. Heat Rises

10. Melt
11. “Sparkle” GOD HELP ME
12. Safety Net
13. Tears
14. Monsters Under The Bed
15. The Unordained
16. Give Up Function
17. Heavyweight Champion of the Year

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