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Oh my i love this stuff. Surprised there's been no thread yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbLewPw9jFo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmmQuNl_8xc

piscesx, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:32 (four years ago) link

her 2018 single is my favorite one yet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsx1cOjydBA

piper at the gates of d'awwww (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:36 (four years ago) link

yeah also good!

piscesx, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:48 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

Really great set opening for Sharon Van Etten last night. The Joan Armatrenaissance is upon us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-Qdo_mapSQ

geoffreyess, Sunday, 17 February 2019 20:49 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Support slots from a bunch of great bands, amazing singles, fantastic videos, great imagery, great reviews, everything you might want from a new pop star, complete indifference from ILX?

piscesx, Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:19 (three years ago) link

Not entirely. She made the 2017 tracks poll with Baby Luv, which was the first time/place I'd ever heard it or heard of her. And she shows up in the rolling favorites threads too.

I guess people are just waiting for there to be more than one song at a time to talk about?

(Album's streaming on NPR, btw.)

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:31 (three years ago) link

not entirely sure of what to say about this record yet but pretty impressed after one listen

monotony, Friday, 22 March 2019 00:44 (three years ago) link

"paradise" and "baby blu" were particularly exceptional

monotony, Friday, 22 March 2019 00:44 (three years ago) link

I cannot decide which song I love more: "Golden Cage" has that amazing sax/vocal battle for the lead melodic supremacy, and my favorite use of empty space since James Blake's "Limit to Your Love"; "The Florist" does Coldplay better than even their "A Rush of Blood to the Head" heights (how the fuck has it not been remixed into a massive lights-everywhere IDM stadium-filler, especially after the 2nd verse, when the pre-chorus builds to the chorus?); and the gritty punk-adjacent squal of "In Your Head"; damn, they are all so awesome!

Prefecture, Friday, 22 March 2019 01:24 (three years ago) link

this is great, she really can write a hook and the album covers a surprising amount of stylistic ground while still feeling quite cohesive as a whole. the skits are completely unnecessary though

ufo, Friday, 22 March 2019 11:32 (three years ago) link

yeah even with the silly interludes this might be my favourite album so far this year. “in my head” won’t get out of my head!!

monotony, Saturday, 23 March 2019 01:44 (three years ago) link

I love how on “Melt” she’s got a saxophonist playing this gorgeous, romantic melody and then over the top of it she sings “I bet your brain cells won't last / I bet they cling to the trash / I hope you melt on the way back to your place”

monotony, Saturday, 23 March 2019 01:53 (three years ago) link

"heavyweight champion of the year" didn't really grab me when it was the lead single but it's so effective as the album closer, being relatively stripped down before briefly exploding

"melt" is absolutely one of the highlights and i think this might be my favourite album so far this year too

ufo, Monday, 25 March 2019 10:04 (three years ago) link

Have heard only half of the album so far but all her singles have been magical. Something about her sound, its sparseness and home-made classiness, reminds me of early Sade.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 25 March 2019 22:05 (three years ago) link

Terrific album.

Matt DC, Monday, 25 March 2019 22:07 (three years ago) link

Wow yeah better even than i hoped; funny that none of the early stuff is on it but these are her best songs i think, so you can see why.

Baby Blu the absolute keeper, holy shit.

piscesx, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:26 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

thought she was great in Porto the other week, having not heard anything before. record has some great stuff on it and looking forward to whats next- could do with losing the skits for sure. my main take from the live show was that she was maybe unconsciously channeling some major Prefab Sprout vibes. i'm guessing Safety Net might be the track that hits that vibe best? thats my vibe. VIBES.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:21 (three years ago) link

the way this album heavily channels sophisti-pop vibes but with a bunch of noise often thrown on top is so good

ufo, Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:29 (three years ago) link

If only more sophisti-pop was like that.

pomenitul, Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:38 (three years ago) link

I like this album a lot; I listen to it once a week.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:59 (three years ago) link

You wouldn't have thought that pinpointing an exact midpoint between early 90s indie rock and Sade would work but somehow she pulls it off. I think the unshowiness of her voice really does the songs a favour here.

Matt DC, Thursday, 20 June 2019 11:01 (three years ago) link

"the midpoint between early 90s indie rock and Sade" -- what a fantastic way of framing this album

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 June 2019 11:28 (three years ago) link

Expanding upon that, there's something about the way she juxtaposes signifiers of smoothness with signifiers of scuzziness that feels both unique and very consciously done.

Matt DC, Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:25 (three years ago) link

"the midpoint between early 90s indie rock and Sade" -- what a fantastic way of framing this album

cosign

pomenitul, Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:55 (three years ago) link

I've been hearing it as "what if Joan Armatrading invented Britpop?" (didn't she?)

geoffreyess, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:05 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyNsnX0o78Q

new mix of "heat rises" with a video, though there's not that much different

i still completely adore this album

ufo, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 14:15 (two years ago) link

same! It's a lovely Sunday morning record.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 14:17 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

this is really good! just saw it on pitchfork's year-end best rock albums, missed this thread

yeah very cool, distinctive guitar playing and great songs...the whole vibe feels instantly familiar but yet unique which is always a good sign

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:14 (two years ago) link

its easily the indie rock album of the year

ufo, Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:30 (two years ago) link

has a cool 80s vibe without seeming specifically retro

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:33 (two years ago) link

ugh just found out she played here last week and i had no idea

ufo, Friday, 13 December 2019 07:24 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

New 3-song EP out

https://open.spotify.com/album/0mWQGICfoe7XAWueJRuAgV/

Indexed, Friday, 11 December 2020 19:28 (one year ago) link

and it's really good.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Sunday, 13 December 2020 13:57 (one year ago) link

yeah she's still great. doesn't quite reach the peaks her album did but still very enjoyable

ufo, Sunday, 13 December 2020 15:37 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

she covered "rid of me"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0hq8YsXBTg

ufo, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 07:31 (one year ago) link

at 11:13

ufo, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 07:31 (one year ago) link

Wow, I think I prefer her stripped down and slightly looser like this. Nice.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 10:51 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWdIFrDUWOs

ufo, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 20:19 (ten months ago) link

it feels more like a cool album track than an obvious single choice but i quite like it

like that riff in the verse is such a weird thing to build the song around, she actively resists her usual melodicism & even the chorus is quite restrained in that regard but it works

ufo, Wednesday, 10 November 2021 12:15 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax_tCstL-H4

Indexed, Thursday, 20 January 2022 19:40 (eight months ago) link

looking forward to seeing her at coachella

DT, Friday, 21 January 2022 06:55 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh_c0e7LgMk

expecting this to be a pretty good album

ufo, Monday, 21 February 2022 00:07 (seven months ago) link

new album is sounding good, idk if it's quite as great as the debut though

ufo, Friday, 4 March 2022 03:09 (seven months ago) link

Enjoyed it on first listen. The closing track was probably my favourite

monotony, Friday, 4 March 2022 05:40 (seven months ago) link

big turn inward, huge step up imo.

anza808, Friday, 4 March 2022 15:47 (seven months ago) link

BNM on p4k
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/nilufer-yanya-painless/

Weird that they categorize it as pop/r&b sounds like indie rock/pop to me. Not hearing the r&b.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 4 March 2022 17:43 (seven months ago) link

maybe it was the 1975 thread where there was a running list of possible influences and "sounds like _____"

would be fun exercise with her music and the list orbs out hard with this release. seems like she had a rich musical interest from early age.

anza808, Saturday, 5 March 2022 04:16 (seven months ago) link

Let’s see…

- stabilize reminds me of bloc party’s debut
- midnight sun sounds a bit like radiohead, like arpeggi or the intro to paranoid android before it turns into a MBV wall of sound.
- trouble has an atmosphere that reminds of The XX but the guitar sounds more like Modest Mouse to my ears.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 5 March 2022 15:16 (seven months ago) link

I'm liking the shit out of this. The songs are bangers.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 March 2022 15:30 (six months ago) link

incredible album this

Qamon (||||||||), Monday, 7 March 2022 15:38 (six months ago) link

a few random ones i hear

-midnight sun: smashing pumpkins, bush, silverchair
-trouble: sarah mclachlan, portishead
-belong with you: pixies, weezer

anza808, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:03 (six months ago) link

knew i would love this record from the instant it started

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 7 March 2022 16:59 (six months ago) link

I haven't heard the album yet, but the acoustic guitar + beat on Midnight Sun sounded a lot like Four Tet circa Pause or maybe that one Luscious Jackson song. I also hear a lot of Odelay in the 90s-influenced indie that's around these days

rob, Monday, 7 March 2022 17:04 (six months ago) link

ok I'm listening and none of those refs are relevant to the other songs, sorry

"trouble" is gorgeous wow

rob, Monday, 7 March 2022 18:57 (six months ago) link

The drumming on "the mystic" is sick.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 March 2022 20:24 (six months ago) link

her debut was absolutely one of my favourite indie rock records of the last few years and this is a very worthy follow-up even if i don't quite love it as much. it's only a small shift (it's a bit more minor key, the tension's a bit more explicit, there's more propulsive drumming, the programmed beats are grittier) but it's all moved just a little bit away from the breezy sound of her debut. the only track i'm not sold on yet is "chase me" which is just lacking hooks & general points of interest compared to everything else.

the comparison i regularly saw thrown around early on with her was 'pixies meets sade' and that captures a lot of what she's doing but far from all of it, and she's moved a little further away from that now.

she's also occupying fairly similar territory to king krule but i like what she's done with it much much more

ufo, Monday, 7 March 2022 23:09 (six months ago) link

ooooh this is very good. Still sounds like her old material but way more explorative and all of it good. Saxes on "belong with you" are a good example.

Indexed, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 22:55 (six months ago) link

I put the debut in my top ten that year, but this thing is hooks hooks hooks; it's as if she used what she learned about space and cool sounds and came up with song after song instead of what were even at its best impressively ruminative tone poems.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 23:00 (six months ago) link

she's also occupying fairly similar territory to king krule but i like what she's done with it much much more

― ufo, Monday, March 7, 2022 6:09 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

wow i never would've thought this based on her prior work, guess i gotta listen to her new one

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 23:03 (six months ago) link

idk i would have said that about her earlier work too, there's fairly clear similarities in their sonic palettes, just the new one is a little gloomier which brings her a bit closer? her songs are still poppier & breezier than the sort of murk he prefers though by a fair way

ufo, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 00:31 (six months ago) link

on my first listen and i do hear where you're coming from, "l/r" seems like something he could've done, but he would've skipped the lovely falsetto chorus and those unexpected major chords that pop in

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 15:45 (six months ago) link

- stabilize reminds me of bloc party’s debut

yes

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 15:53 (six months ago) link

did a great version of “rid of me” live tonight

Qamon (||||||||), Thursday, 10 March 2022 21:41 (six months ago) link

oooh

I was actively trying to decide if the album reminded me of PJ. I was leaning yes, so that's cool to hear

rob, Thursday, 10 March 2022 23:19 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d36gGaOtT-A

great performance

ufo, Saturday, 12 March 2022 23:29 (six months ago) link

I like that energetic live version of Midnight Sun on Fallon better than anything I heard on my first listen to the album

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:58 (six months ago) link

great performance for sure, but the drummer looks so much like tim robinson that it nearly took me out of the whole thing haha

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Monday, 14 March 2022 15:59 (six months ago) link

Fuuuck this is fantastic.

piscesx, Sunday, 20 March 2022 23:02 (six months ago) link

(the album)

piscesx, Sunday, 20 March 2022 23:02 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

must be hard to suddenly play a drummerless show (out sick apparently -- "we had to leave him behind... somewhere"), but last night was amazing. kinda emphasized how Yanya has the best guitar sound of anyone right now. it also made the "Rid of Me" cover feel more like a reimagining, just Jazzi Bobbi's foghorn blasts to signal the loud part.

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Monday, 16 May 2022 01:54 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

she's officially released the Rid of Me cover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB1GP5XuK5s

rob, Thursday, 22 September 2022 13:36 (one week ago) link

fuck, she’s so great. Her guitar work sounds like the platonic ideal of what I wish I could play, perfect hybrid of rhythm and melody.

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 22 September 2022 13:48 (one week ago) link


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