Today, London’s 22 year-old Nilüfer Yanya releases her new single “Thanks 4 Nothing”, via Blue Flowers/ATO Records, which she premiered last night on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show.
“Thanks 4 Nothing” is Nilüfer’s first single of 2018, and follows last year’s releases “Baby Luv” (number 18 in Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2017) and “Golden Cage” (number 64 in the same list). Detailing the darker thoughts surrounding a break up, “Thanks 4 Nothing” is a poignant look at a crumbling relationship that can’t be fixed: “I won’t even try in case it don’t work / I hate you and I hate this.”
Speaking of the track, Nilüfer explained “Thanks 4 Nothing” is about “drawing a final line under something that should have ended a long time ago. The song shows you can be bitter and grateful about it at the same time.”
The video was directed by new creative duo ENERGYFORCE, who helped Nilüfer realize her vision of recreating a cult, existing within the aesthetic of a classic indie film. Nilüfer explains “We wanted to make the Handmaid’s Tale meets Pulp Fiction. It carries a strong outdated 70s vibe with occult twists where nothing really goes according to plan and nothing really happens. This echoes both the current political climate and the inner failings of a relationship, both cult-like in their own way and blindly following one another, shot on 16mm film for that cinematic effect.”
Nilüfer has also announced a trip to SXSW and her first headlining U.K. and European tour dates of 2018, starting with a run of six dates across Europe in April and then an eight-date U.K. tour in May, finishing with a night at London’s Village Underground on 29 May, her biggest headline show thus far.