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Miss Universe

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Nilüfer Yanya is indie pop with an edge and an incredible voice. Drifting effortlessly through upbeat tempos - a parody of chart music - and into her characteristic riffage. Genre-hopping doesn’t quite do her justice: swerving u-turns and backflips are far more accurate.

At 18, Nilüfer Yanya - 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.

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. Miss Universe is recorded in the Cornwall studio. ‘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.

Released: March 2019
Cat: ATO0448
Label: ATO Records

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Tracklist

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