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Published on September 17th, 2019 | by voxx

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Shura – Forevher

The electro-pop artist swaps shyness for swagger on an assured follow-up…

In 2016, two years after the release of her debut single, the sleek, slow-burning alt-pop of ‘Touch’, a then 25-year-old Shura outlined her raison d’être. “You have so many songs that are like, ‘I’m so into you’ or ‘Let’s get it on’,” mused Alexandra Lilah Denton, the Londoner behind Shura. “I don’t recognise that swagger, I’m never going to feel like that.” A quick scan of the song titles – ‘Indecision’, ‘Tongue Tied’ and ‘2Shy’ – on that year’s debut album, Nothing’s Real, seemed to confirm this sense of cautiousness.

All that has clearly changed. Denton’s follow-up is a gorgeous ode to new love that drips with a low-key approximation of that elusive swagger. Forevher zooms in on the minutiae of early domesticity, played out almost in real time. So the joyous rush of the ’70s MOR-inspired ‘The Stage’ traces early flirtations, while the languid, shape-shifting ‘BKLYNLDN’ captures the delayed gratification of a long-distance relationship and the stomach-knotting excitement of returning home. The lithe, disco-tinged single ‘Religion (U Can Lay Your Hands On Me)’, meanwhile, manages to make questioning long-established notions around sexuality danceable.

While Nothing’s Real often felt like it was chasing hits, Forevher feels more comfortable in its own skin, with each of its 11 songs luxuriating in an unhurried, pillow-soft airiness that draws you in, as opposed to giving up secrets too willingly. Free of expectation, Shura’s found her own pace.

- By Jake White


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