Nilüfer Yanya – ‘In Your Head’
We’re pleased to confirm that the rather exciting album announcement conveyor that is 2019 doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, and the latest person to join in the fun and startle us by breaking the news with a frankly perfect single just so happens to be one of our favourites members of the crop of future stars that we like to call jaNEWary.
London singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya first came to our attention all the way back in 2016, opening for Will Joseph Cook with Pixies cover ‘Hey’ leading a delicate yet somewhat scorned and ever so captivating string of five originals, which would later make up her debut releases across the 12 months that followed. That makes today’s news of a full-length by the name of Miss Universe being just two months to the day away incredibly welcome indeed, as is that it’s a 17-track affair with only the closer (November’s ‘Heavyweight Champion Of The Year’) not being entirely brand spanking new.
‘In Your Head’ will sit second on there, and it’s easily the most thrilling rabble she’s put together yet, launching off Miss Universe – an album reportedly set to explore a Black Mirror-like dystopia around healthcare conglomerate WWAY Health – with a thundering tempo, relentless energy, and more than a little splash of good old Existential Dread™ to boot. As much as it’s a (glorious) far cry from the softer, sombre sound she’s won us over with thus far, there’s no let up in lyrical temperament – there’s a mighty big punch to the gut in the lead-off chorus of “I’ve hit bottom rock, swear I'm telling the truth / But down here I’m dark and confused, oh / Though I cannot tell if I’m paranoid / Or if it’s all in my head, all in my head”.
PS: You’ll find this and 39 other fabulous pieces of gold over on this week’s edition of the official bop 40, our Spotify playlist dedicated to everything new your ears could benefit from at any given time. What with the new year and the top of the bops takeover and such, this time we’re finally back to normal over in those parts, so jump right in if some new Foals and James Blake and Sigrid and Ekkah and Nao and Ariana Grande and Loyle Carner and many, many more could be your new cup of proverbial tea.