Nilüfer Yanya has always begun tracks with intriguing mental images, letting her imagination run away till a hazy, dream-like story surfaces and a sparse, arresting song is born. Inspired by Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley as well as modern influences like Connan Mockasin, her songs are threaded with spacious echoes, subtle sax flourishes and husky vocals that tell intimate tales. People have likened her command of jazzy chords to Amy Winehouse and her inventive, stripped guitar work to King Krule, but Yanya’s determined to carve her own path.
Having supported The xx, Broken Social Scene and Mitski, in between touring France, Germany, Holland, Turkey, Spain and Iceland as well as the US, Yanya recently released her debut album Miss Universe, after three EP’s which received critical acclaim. Watch Yanya combine indie rock, soul and jazz live in action at Fairgrounds Festival 2019.