With her stunning new self-produced EP You Know Where My Happiness Went out today, we caught up with London-based artist Valentina to talk playing Glastonbury, Polly Nor, and Arthur Russell.

Across the EP Valentina offers a mesmerising, pensive blend of swirling, lo-fi electronica, hushed, feathery vocals and intricate, shimmering percussion. At times calling to mind the pared-down, emotive R&B of Tirzah, YKWMHW is an intimate and introspective release that sees Valentina reflect on relationships and lost love via delicate lyricism. Opening with the title track, Valentina’s vocals glide alongside gently undulating melodies and subtle beats that intensify into brooding basslines. And this initial offering fully sets the stage for the entrancing, heartfelt intonations that follow throughout these five tracks. Listening to You Know Where My Happiness Went feels like being let into a deeply personal, sacred space and we’re certainly grateful to be welcomed in.

With her new EP out today, get to know Valentina In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

Sad, sleepy, shy

Last photo on your phone…

It’s a video of my housemate about to eat dumplings we made.

Favourite instagram account…

@pollynor

The best venue I’ve played…

The Park Stage at Glastonbury on Saturday night as the sun was setting

Earliest song you remember…

Probably something from The Bodyguard soundtrack – my mum didn’t play much music when I was growing up but she had this soundtrack and I became completely obsessed with it for obvious reasons.

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Harrods on the beauty counters – it was a really depressing, soulless place to work and I was terrible at selling make-up.

Favourite food on tour…

I like trying something local from everywhere you go. But mainly I just eat a lot of crisps.

My Favourite word…

Invulnerable (best when you really pronounce the L)

Things that cheer me up…

Putting my phone on airplane mode, friends who can find the humour in bad situations, good listeners, sausage dogs, smiles between strangers, running, dancing with conviction, plants and keeping them alive, comfortable trousers

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Calvi On The Rocks as I really want to go back to this festival, or Coachella.

I think you should listen to…

Arthur Russell

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Stevie Wonder, as I still regret leaving Bestival after playing there once and missing his set.

‘You Know Where My Happiness Went’ is out today.

Photo credit: Margot Bowman