ALBUM REVIEW: Nilüfer Yanya – Painless | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 04.03.22







On her debut album Miss Universe, Nilüfer Yanya took a tongue-in-cheek look at the health and wellness industry through 18 genre-spanning tracks. Three years on, her follow-up PAINLESS explores emotion and life’s big events using a slightly more stripped-back palette, from propulsive opener The Dealer to the jittery riffs reminiscent of math rock on Stabilise.

Yet even taking this more direct approach, Yanya’s wide-ranging influences are still present. She draws on her Turkish heritage by incorporating the saz into L/R, while Chase Me builds on a crunchy, distorted beat. Closer Anotherlife’s synth waves and languid vocals lend it an effortless vibe. PAINLESS distils everything that was great about Miss Universe into an even more refined collection.


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