London artist Nilufer Yanya shared a cover of PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me.” The new cover marks Nilüfer Yanya’s first offering since the release of his acclaimed second album PAINLESSwhich was released earlier this year via ATO Records.
PAINLESS won a Best New Music stamp from Fork upon its release and features the standout tracks “anotherlife”, “stabilise” and “midnight sun”, the latter of which Nilüfer performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Speaking of the cover, Nilüfer says, “‘Rid of Me’ haunted me for many years after I first heard it, but in a heartwarming way, like I knew it was still there for me. It sounds defiant, alien and twisted, but it’s a perfect song. In fact, I think it’s very romantic despite what some of the lyrics mean.
With PAINLESS, Yanya rushes headlong into the depths of emotional vulnerability. The album was recorded between a basement studio in Stoke Newington and Riverfish Music in Penzance with collaborator and producer Wilma Archer, DEEK Recordings founder Bullion, Big Thief producer Andrew Sarlo and musician Jazzi Bobbi.
PAINLESS follows his famous 2019 debut album Miss Universe and his EP 2021 Feel lucky?which further explored Yanya’s fascination with ’90s alternative rock melodies and drew on themes of resentment, her fear of flying and the concept of luck.
After playing Desert Daze in California on October 1, Nilüfer will support Roxy Music for three dates on their UK tour. Nilüfer’s European tour begins on October 19 and includes stops in Turkey, Hungary and the Czech Republic, as well as dates in Italy and Spain where Nilüfer will be supported by Parisian and London-based performer Léa Sen.
Yanya also re-released her debut EPs on vinyl for the first time this year on the record. Upside down. The outing was a fundraiser for Artists in Transit, a collaborative nonprofit group she founded with her sister Molly that provides art workshops to displaced people and communities in times of hardship.
Buy or stream “Rid Of Me”.