We made it. It’s almost the end of 2016 and while this will no doubt go down as one of the worst years in recent history, it’s still super important that we continue to create and give a platform to art. In the midst of an impending apocalypse, such things may feel frivolous and self-indulgent, but music – now, more than ever – is fundamental to wellbeing.
This year, Shura’s debut album dealt with her struggles with anxiety, which enabled her music to speak to those who might’ve felt a little lost. That’s why we’ve picked her as the final cover star for 2016; she’s able to articulate the importance of art in a time of loss and confusion, bringing a cathartic, comforting reprise that taps into an ability to change the world. Even if it’s just one small step at a time.