Yuna hails from Malaysia, emerging from the underground music scene that has started to take off there. Yearning to create music outside of the dominant Malay pop, Yuna set her sights on LA, and is readying to release her first full-length album in the spring. In a We Are Hunted interview, the singer/songwriter delves into the burgeoning music scene in her homeland:
It was only about 10 years ago that the underground scene started to surface, it grew slowly and became super popular about 5 years ago. Back then a lot of people started bands and the whole independent scene really started to grow. Malaysia has some great new talent coming up – they’re a little more experimental, a little braver than they used to be, they’re not so focused on creating Malay pop music. They’re all trying to do something new and trying to peruse a career in music outside of Malaysia.
And pursue a career, she has. Signed to Fader and having collaborated with producers Chris Braide (Sia, Lana Del Rey) and Pharrell Williams on her new album, Yuna’s leap from Malaysia to the US is destined to make a splash.
The singer/songwriters rich voice really strikes a chord on this soulful rendition of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” Slowed-down with an almost lullaby quality, Yuna manages to evoke a haunting, emotive response akin to that of the original. Listen above.