With two brilliant singles in “stabilise” and “midnight sun” behind her, Nilüfer Yanya is speeding towards the release of her second album PAINLESS in early March. Today she shares one final pre-album single and video called “anotherlife”, saying:
“At the core of the song it’s just about being OK with things and accepting that this is where you are at. However, the ‘I’ll do anything’ line hints at a desperation of wanting to let that be known.”
With a fluttering lightweight arrangement that belies its instrumental complexity, “anotherlife” is the perfect send-off for Yanya – which is probably why it’s set to be the closer of PAINLESS. Her guitar is slightly treated as it weaves amid a punchy beat and thick clouds of synth, which creates a hazy aural garden. Her voice is the butterfly moving between this flora, rich and emotive as ever; she sounds more self-possessed, aware of herself and ready for the next chapter.
The video for “anotherlife” was shot and directed by Yanya’s sister Molly Daniel on a trip to Sri Lanka. Check it out below or listen to the song on streaming platforms.