The 21 year old singer-songwriter makes one hell of an impression with her debut EP
Talent. What is it and who has it? The elusive term, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as: “Natural aptitude or skill” is often ascribed to musicians and artists to describe that intangible special something that they possess. This is a definition most people probably would approve of, everyone can tell that Django Reinhardt was born to play the guitar, or that Buddy Rich was an unnaturally good drummer. But isn’t talent so much more than just to have aptitude for a certain technical skill?
No matter how you define it, Nilüfer Yanya’s got it. With her fragile, yet powerful debut EP Small Crimes/Keep On Calling out now on Blue Flowers, the United Kingdom capital’s next big thing exhibits a raw potential reminiscent of her fellow Londoners FKA Twigs and King Krule (and we all know how their story went). Even though the EP only consists of two meagre songs, it still manages to showcase Yanya’s sublime songwriting as well as her minimal aesthetics, and is exciting enough to put any semantic discussion on talent right to bed.
The music, beautifully accompanied by Yanya the older’s (Nilüfer’s sister Molly) snippet-like visuals, tell stories of broken dreams in an increasinglydisillusioned British working class youth, left to live a meaningless life full of criminal mischief while cultural and political elites thrive. Except for Nilüfer’s aforementioned London colleagues, artists such as Jeff Buckley, Lana Del Rey and Nina Simone all spring to mind when one makes an attempt at describing the depth and emotion that runs like a common thread through her releases.
Needless to say, we are all looking forward to hear more from this highly capable newcomer. Luckily, she is already working on the next EP, approaching the process as that of a ”mini-album”. However, if you really can’t wait to hear more of Yanya, we suggest you listen to her music on Soundcloud, hit like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.