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Nilüfer Yanya invites the pain in through “Method Actor”, announces new album

Nilüfer Yanya will release a new album called My Method Actor on September 13 through Ninja Tune. She shared “Like I say (I runaway)” from the album back in April and has now shared the semi-title track “Method Actor”. She says:

“I was researching method acting – and from what I read, it’s based on finding this one memory in your life, a life-altering, life-changing memory. The reason why some people find method acting traumatic and maybe not safe mentally, is because you’re always going back to that moment. It can be good or bad but you’re always feeding off the energy, something that’s defined you – and that’s what helps you become the character. It’s a bit like being a musician. When you’re performing, you’re still trying to invoke the energy and emotion of when you first wrote it, in that moment. It definitely feels like you’re having to recreate or step into that headspace.” 

A display of the dexterity that has grown as her songwriting has matured, “Method Actor” finds Yanya harnessing exciting dynamic interplay between the rhythmic and melodic elements to create a distinctly modern pop rock song. Above it all is her signature voice, gasping and charging over the tricky instrumentation, with her emotional read out being just as unpredictable. She flits from confident to wounded, determined yet dreamy – like she’s stepping in and out of moments from her past and back into her present. Try to keep up.

Check out “Method Actor” below or find it on streamers.

Nilüfer Yanya’s new album My Method Actor arrives on September 13 through Ninja Tune (pre-order/save). You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

She’s also got these live dates ahead:

North America Dates

28/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
30/9 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
1/10 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
2/10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
4/10 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
5/10 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
6/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
7/10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
9/10 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West 
13/10 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
15/10 – Denver, CO @ Meow Wolf
18/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre
19/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
20/10 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
22/10 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
24/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre

EU & UK Dates

24/11 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Orangerie
25/11 – Amsterdam, NE @ Melkweg Old Hall
26/11 – Berlin, GE @ Kesselhaus
28/11 – Paris, FR @ La Bellevilloise
30/11 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
2/12 – Bristol, UK @ Fleece
3/12 – London, UK @ HERE at Outernet
4/12 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
5/12 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2