7th November | Old England
Stef Chura’s guitar is designed to shred off ears.
Her music boasts a lo-fi bedroom aesthetic, with heavy compression and a guitar tone that could bust through a wall. As a result, it’s not surprising that her new album was produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest fame. The lo-fi recording style gives her music a sense of urgency that’s missing from bigger, more over-produced rock acts.
Her second album, Midnight, released earlier this year, is tightly packed with great songs. ‘Scream’ barrels along with a relentless sense of energy, ‘Method Man’ moves with a distorted swagger and ‘3D Girl’ boasts an endlessly chantable chorus.
It many ways, the sound of the album echoes the riot grrrl scene of the 90s – think Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. It’s angsty, angry and loud.
There are also some lighter moments scattered throughout the album, such as the Toledo duet, ‘Sweet Sweet Midnight’ and the sparse piano ballad, ‘Trumbull’. They highlight Chura’s knack for penning lyrics that are equal parts witty and touching. Even when all the distortion is stripped away, the songs she writes are great at the core.
Perhaps more than anything, the music Chura makes is just plain exciting. And honestly, what more could you ask for?
See the video for ‘Scream’ here: