Album Review Stef Chura - Midnight

Stef Chura - Midnight

It continues to reflect Stef’s gloriously distinct idiosyncrasies.

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On debut ‘Messes’, Stef Chura introduced a sound distinctly, well, Stef Chura. At times indecipherable, and endlessly engaging, it exhibited the kind of character label Saddle Creek is so closely associated with.

While ‘Midnight’ continues to reflect Stef’s gloriously distinct idiosyncrasies, it is, by her own admission, somewhat more intelligible. Tracks such as ‘Method Man’ and ‘3D Girl’ are tight, feral and expertly executed. Elsewhere, she divulges in influences from country and folk (‘Trumbull’, ‘Jumpin’ Jack’) to straight up Waxahatchee-esque indie (‘Love Song’) without ever compromising on the essence of her sound. There is also an assurance, a defiance even, that has grown since her debut, best encapsulated by the opening line to ‘Sincerely Yours’: “These demons, do not resist / Because I’m fucked up and I’m ready”. Not just accepting, but celebrating her own unique style, it epitomises exactly what makes Stef Chura such a valuable artist. A value that, a couple of prolonged indulgences aside, ‘Midnight’ captures with great success.

Class of 2020: Dry Cleaning

Class of 2020: Dry Cleaning

Having gone from a bunch of mates making weird noise in a cupboard to one of the most hotly-tipped new groups in the country, Dry Cleaning are exactly the band we all need right now.