Nikki Y (née Yanofsky) makes pop in the vein of Sara Bareilles, lush arrangements meeting jazz inflections and a good portion of spunk. “I Know Sorry” tumbles forth, long sentences cascading on Yanofsky’s caramel voice and an electric horn arrangement. At once lyrically melancholy and instrumentally uplifting, the song captures a wide swath of emotions in its brief runtime, an impressively mature and nuanced work from a 22-year-old like Yanofsky. If you hear Nikki Y on the radio soon, don’t be surprised.
“‘I Know Sorry’ is one of the most self-reflective songs I have,” says Yanofsky. “It’s about knowing that ‘sorry’ is so worthless if you keep doing the same things over and over without actually looking to improve yourself.”
The Solid Gold EP releases this September.