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Full of 21st-century disquiet, the singer-songwriter uses skits and skewed alt-rock to take aim at the spurious ‘wellness’ industry

In 2014, Nilüfer Yanya, then 18, uploaded a couple of tracks to SoundCloud. The generic tags attached to Waves and Cheap Flights suggested they were #indie and #alternative, but there seemed to be a number of directions the embryonic artist behind them might conceivably take, some more interesting than others. The echoing guitar accompaniment bore the influence of the xx; equally, she displayed an easy way with melody that suggested mainstream pop. Meanwhile, a canny record label with an eye on the money to be made in the middle of the road might have noted the honeyed, sultry vocals and pushed her in the direction of Radio 2-friendly retro-soul.

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