Jet Black Cat Music presents
Nilufer Yanya (UK)
with special guests
The Foundry, Brisbane (Fortitude Valley, QLD)
Friday, 6 December 2019 8:00 PM
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 NilüferYanya 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 wasreally horrifying," says the 23-year-old. When she was finally persuaded to do so, by a music teacher in West London where shegrew 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 preternaturallyshy, her music--which uniquely blends elements of soul and jazz into intimate pop songs with electronic flourishes and a newlyexpressed grungy guitar sound--isn't. And it didn't take long for it to catchpeople's attention. She signed with independent NewYork label ATO, following three EPs on esteemed london indie label Blue Flowers, and earned a place on the BBC Sound of2018 longlist. She also supported the likes of The xx, Interpol, Broken Social Sceneand Mitski on tour.Now, Nilüfer is ready to release her debut album, Miss Universe. Though she recorded much of it in the same remote Cornwallstudio she used to jam in as a much younger person, it is bigger and more ambitious than anything she has donebefore. 'Angels,'with its muted, harmonic riffs, channels ideas "of paranoid thoughts and anxiety"--a theme that runs through the album, notleast in its conceptual spoken word interludes which emanate from a fictional health management company WWAY HEALTHTM. "You sign up, and you pay a fee," explains Nilüfer of the automated messages, which are littered through the album and arenarrated by the titular Miss Universe. "They sort out all of your dietary requirements, and then they move onto medication,andthen maybe you can get a better organ or something... and then suddenly it starts to get a bit weird. You're giving them moreofyou and to what end?"