Nilüfer Yanya is easily one of the artists I’m most excited about at the moment. Her approach to electric guitar-led indie music has developed into a totally unique sound that continues to evolve with every release. After being selected for the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist and featuring twice on Pitchfork’s top songs of 2017, this year is absolutely hers for the taking. After a stellar string of singles and incredible EP, I placed Nilüfer on my list of Artists to Watch 2018 and she’s already proving that was a great choice. Yesterday she shared her latest track, Thanks 4 Nothing, and it’s a perfect addition to her discography. Although it’s not entirely new since she performed it as a Colors show back in November, the studio version is a very welcome treat. “Thanks 4 Nothing” is heavier than most of her previous tracks, with more drums and filled out instrumentation. It’s a great expansion of her sound and makes me even more excited to see what she comes up with next. If you haven’t yet, get on board with Nilüfer Yanya and check out “Thanks 4 Nothing” below.
UK-based singer/songwriter Nilüfer Yanya is one of the most unique artists on my list with her unique approach to guitar led indie pop/rock. While most people are tending towards bigger, fuller production, Nilüfer’s songs are bare, usually only her vocals and guitar with occasional other elements. Like several other acts on my list, Yanya had an incredible debut with her track “Small Crimes” last year. Starting off with a simple guitar riff, it served as a great introduction to Nilüfer Yanya’s distinctive voice and brand of music. Her next track, “Keep on Calling”, showed off a different side to her sound and definitely pointed towards lots of potential. Moving into 2017, Yanya’s first entry, “The Florist”, was what really sold me on her moving forward and solidified her as one of my top artists to watch. With the release of her debut EP, Plant Feed, I knew she would be in the top few places on my list moving into next year. Her music sounds completely different to everything else coming out at the moment but in the most irresistible way. It’s one thing to be unique, but it’s another to make it accessible and not off-putting: a balance she’s found perfectly. Nilüfer capped off her year with the release of her latest single, “Baby Luv”, in September which shows off a slightly heavier side to her sound. After finding herself on several major tip lists for 2018 and a handful of her tracks on best of 2017 lists, it’s pretty obvious she’s going to have a monumental year. I’m so excited to see where she’s heading next and I’m sure it’s going to be incredible.
So last month I put together my first formal “Favorite Songs of the Month” playlist and it seems to have been well received so I figured I would do it again! My hope is this can be a nice introduction to the kind of music I’ve been enjoying recently or a consolidated place to check out new stuff. Overall September was a really great month for music, with new tracks from lots of different artists across diverse genres. Check out my sampling below and if it piques your interesting, check out the corresponding posts and the rest of the music from the month I’ve covered on the blog!
Nilüfer Yanya is another artist you should be familiar with if you’ve been following Symbiosis at all, as I’ve featured all three of the songs she’s released this year. If you have catching up to do, I’d recommend checking out “The Florist” (HERE) or “Sliding Doors” (HERE) to get started. Nilüfer is a bit of a musical unicorn for me in a few ways. First of all, and I’ve talked about it before, she doesn’t sound like anyone else that I listen to, or anyone else I’ve come across for that matter. I usually tend towards the more electronic, but Nilüfer creates gorgeous, minimalistic, guitar-driven songs. On her latest release, Baby Luv, her first offering since her Plant Feed EP, she continues the trend, coupling her guitar and vocals with subtle percussion and atmospheric sounds. It comes together to make something truly special and very unique, which is a very difficult task in a heavily crowded music scene. It’s been a pleasure to see Nilüfer’s rise to stardom and it seems like she’s just about there, with her releases getting noticed more and more (even Pitchfork has listed a few of her songs as Best New Track). Nilüfer Yanya is absolutely an artist to watch so get on board now!
The first time I heard Small Crimes, the debut track by Nilüfer Yanya, I thought it was such a strong debut and interesting track, but I wasn’t sure what kind of audience she would find or if it was a sustainable sound. Well now Nilüfer has just released her first EP, Plant Feed, and I am more in love with her music than ever. And clearly I’m not the only one; she has recently been featured both on Pitchfork as well as in The Guardian. I’m sure she’s only going to continue to get more popular in the coming months and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her topping lists of Artists to Watch for 2018. In the past few months she has shared The Florist and Golden Cage, both of which were covered here, and now I’m sharing the final and perhaps my favorite track, Sliding Doors. She has an incredible way of making songs sound complete while still remaining raw and vulnerable. Sliding Doors primarily has Nilüfer’s exposed vocals backed by electric guitar before adding in some background vocals and a minimal beat. Overall it makes for something truly special and I can’t wait to continue watching her rise! Check out Sliding Doors below and the rest of the EP HERE and HERE.
Nilüfer Yanya doesn’t sound like anyone else I listen to. Her straightforward, electric guitar driven instrumentation is pretty far away from my normal electronic-centric sonic aesthetic, but it’s still a sound I love! She popped onto my radar with her debut track, Small Crimes, that came out in the middle of last year. It immediately caught my attention and piqued my interest for when she released her second track, Keep on Calling. After staying relatively quiet for a few months, she is back with her third track, The Florist, which is a great addition to her growing discography. With an incredibly catchy melody and a chord progression to match, it’s definitely worth your time. Check out The Florist below and stay tuned for more great new music from Nilüfer Yanya!