TATYANA only dropped her debut single a few weeks ago but she’s already causing a stir. And it’s not at all surprising given how luscious that debut is; a glorious, sultry slice of dream-pop ‘Wild Card’ is a completely spellbinding introduction to TATYANA’s world. We caught up with the singer, harpist and producer to talk pasta, Jane Austen and Robyn.

From classically-trained harpist, who’s toured with Neneh Cherry, to playing underground raves, TATYANA’s creative vision and determination have taken her to unexpected places. Inspired by the strong sense of community within London’s underground rave scene after attending a party a couple of years ago, TATYANA resolved to play in this setting and the following year she did. And this artistic curiosity and natural progression fit perfectly with TATYANA’s visionary creativity.

On ‘Wild Card’ she crafts a shimmering blend of pared-down beats, swirling, ethereal pop and wistful poeticism that makes for a truly transcendental listen. Speaking on the track TATYANA details, “I wrote this song about an imaginary Russian lover I never had. There’s a place in the Russian countryside I used to go to as a kid with a beautiful river and a tiny village. I imagined what it might be like to grow up in a place like that and wanting to break free and go see the rest of the distant, outside world. It’s about first love and believing it will go on forever because you’re bonded by your dreams and your memories”. With more to come from her soon, TATYANA is definitely one to watch.


Get to know TATYANA In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

electronic harp pop

Last photo on your phone…

A mirror selfie of a crop top i made out of my quarantine boo’s old t-shirt. Turned out real cute.

Favourite instagram account…

@the_cable_guy always makes me laugh

The best venue I’ve played…

Right before I left Boston, I got to play at The Cloud Club for their secret garden party. It’s a magical, creepy garden and there’s a tree growing INSIDE the house. It was really cool moment because I had read about this place years earlier in high school and it had this mystical vibe for me. It’s sort of a shrine to a DIY art community that rarely exists anymore.

Earliest song you remember…

I’m going to say the first Beatles song I ever heard – “Love Me Do” from a mixtape my brother’s guitar teacher made us. If not that then it was probably some nursery rhyme.

The worst job I’ve ever had…

I worked as a caller to alumni begging for donations for my college briefly. It was so bad I only lasted a month or so. Sometimes I would just pretend to dial or hang up before anyone picked up.

The thing I most love to cook is…

Penne all’Amatriciana. The secret is using the pasta water in the sauce – as with all great pasta dishes.

My Favourite word…

I was thinking about this just the other day – I love the word ‘ineffable’ – too big to be described in words. Love that.

My favourite book…

I could try and say something super obscure and cool but i think it has to be Pride and Prejudice. I used to read it endlessly when I was younger. It’s so funny and brilliant.

Things that cheer me up…

Dancing and sunlight.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Red Rocks.

I think you should listen to… 

Kimbra – Golden Echo is one of my all time favourite records.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

I was at Robyn’s Ally Pally concert in London on her last tour and I just want to live through that again. Best show ever!

‘Wild Card’ is out on Sinderlyn now. 

Photo credit: Nwaka Okparaeke