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Nilüfer Yanya announces new album, Painless, shares taut lead single, stabilise

Nilufer Yanya performs live on stage at the Festsaal Kreuzberg on October 27, 2019 in Berlin, Germany
(Image credit: Jana Legler/Redferns)

The last new material we heard from London's Nilüfer Yanya was the Feeling Lucky? EP late last year. 

Containing the beguiling Day 7.5093 – which we named one of late December 2020/early January 2021's essential guitar tracks – the three-song collection showed the guitarist gleefully doing away with your typical genre, style and structure constraints, to dazzling effect.

Now, Yanya has announced her second full-length album, PAINLESS, and shared its lead single, the taught, up-tempo stabilise.

With multiple, intertwining layers of nervy, punky, single-note guitar lines and anxious lyrics detailing the mundanity and mental challenges of modern city life, the song brings classic, mid-oughts Bloc Party to mind, while carving out its own unmistakable and vital space.

You can check out the song's creative music video – directed by Yanya's sister, Molly Daniel – below.

"I was really thinking about your surroundings and how much they influence or change your perception of things," Yanya said of the song in a statement. "A lot of the city is just grey and concrete, there's no escape.”

PAINLESS was recorded with Wilma Archer – who produced Yanya's 2019 debut full-length, Miss Universe – DEEK Recordings founder Bullion, Big Thief producer Andrew Sarlo, and Jazzi Bobbi, and is set for a March 4, 2022 release via ATO Records.

To preorder PAINLESS, stop by Yanya's website.

The cover of Nilüfer Yanya's upcoming album, PAINLESS

(Image credit: ATO Records)

Nilüfer Yanya – PAINLESS:

1. the dealer
2. L/R 
3. shameless 
4. stabilise 
5. chase me 
6. midnight sun 
7. trouble 
8. try 
9. company 
10. belong with you 
11. the mystic 
12. anotherlife

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.