Nilüfer Yanya announces new album ‘My Method Actor’ and shares new single

Nilüfer Yanya has announced her new album ‘My Method Actor’ and shared the new single ‘Method Actor’ – check out the song’s video below.

The album will be released on September 13 via Ninja Tune, the London musician’s third studio record. It has been produced by Wilma Archer, known for his work with Sudan Archives, MF Doom and Celeste.

The new single sees Yanya exploring themes of memory and self-identity, and it comes with a visualiser that was filmed in an old hotel in Benidorm, Spain. Watch it below.

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Speaking about the song, Yanya has said: “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.”

‘Method Actor’ follows on from the single ‘Like I Say (I Runaway)’, released in April. That song in turn marked the first release from the singer-songwriter since her 2022 album ‘Painless’.


Last month, Yanya also announced a UK, European and North American tour, which will run from September to December. Kicking off in Philadelphia on September 28, it will eventually see her play shows in Brighton, Bristol, London and Nottingham, before wrapping up in Manchester on December 5.

Visit here to purchase UKEuropean and US tickets and check out a full list of dates here.

In a three-star review of her previous recordNME wrote: “Even if ‘Painless’ occasionally settles into a consistent, thudding groove at times, when Yanya goes full pelt, she’s at her very best.”


Last year saw Yanya team up with Bombay Bicycle Club on the song ‘Meditate’ from the band’s latest album ‘My Big Day’. She was praised by NME for adding a “personable touch” to the song.