Chura, Stef / Midnight
Album: Midnight   Collection:General
Artist:Chura, Stef   Added:Jul 2019
Label:Saddle Creek  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-07-08 Pull Date: 2019-09-09
Week Ending: Sep 8 Sep 1 Aug 25 Aug 18 Aug 11 Aug 4 Jul 28 Jul 21
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 17, 2021: The Library (rebroadcast from Sep 18, 2019)
All I Do Is Lie
4. Sep 18, 2019: The Library
All I Do Is Lie
2. Jun 15, 2021: Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Sep 14, 2019)
5. Sep 15, 2019: Audio Ambrosia
All I Do Is Lie
3. Sep 25, 2019: The Library
All I Do Is Lie
6. Sep 14, 2019: Music Casserole

Album Review
DJ Stace
Reviewed 2019-07-05
Album / Artist: Midnight / Stef Chura

Label: Saddle Creek

Reviewed: 7/5/2019

DJ Stace

General Comments / Release Notes

From the release notes: … recorded and produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest -and her first new collection of songs for the Saddle Creek label.

Detroit based Chura’s second album. Definitely Toledo’s production fingerprints all over this album, but the songs and vocals are bold and deliberate. Guitar greatness on this release, Chura’s warble and soaring Crazy Horse solos make this album a great listen start to finish.

FCCs: 4,7

RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, Illuminati Hotties, Lala Lala, Palehound

Play: 1,2,3,5,6,8,** 9 **, 10,11,12

1. **** All I Do is Lie 05:41 - Midtempo, driving, rocker, ala GBV. Great warbling vocals and rocking chorus. Play it.
2. *** Scream 02:21 - Punchy, uptempo, urgent and badass.
3. *** Degrees 05:22 - Slow to midtempo. Spare instrumentation great lyrical flow through the melody gives way to a crashing cacaphonic chorus and back. Dreamy, then, abusive. Killer Neil Youngesque soloing. Another great song.
4. Method Man 03:07 FCC Fuck - Midtempo, aggressive and sharp. Great guitars.
5. ** Trumbull 01:16 - Weird little gospel piano piece. Brief and odd, but great.
6. *** Jumpin' Jack 02:32 - Uptempo, bouncing and gleeful. Reminds a bit of a Pretenders tune.
7. Sincerely Yours 04:18 - FCC Fucked up - Slow to mid tempo, starts off strummy with Chura’s great warble weaving through the guitars, or vice versa. Soaring and rusty guitar work on this one, then kicks into full on Built to Spill territory at 2:30. Too bad about the FCC.
8. 3D Girl 03:51 - Uptempo pogo rock. Punchy and straightforward. A little bit Devo in the middle, then full on epic rockout to the end.
9. **** Sweet Sweet Midnight 05:29 - Great midtempo duet with Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest’s guitar work and Chura’s distinctive vocals. Prmium production and songwriting. Definitely the standout track of the album. Play it.
10. *** Love Song 01:12 - Cool little midtempo lo-fi strummer, sounds alot like a really good Cat Power song. Catchy refrain. More backup from Toledo.
11. *** They’ll Never 03:38 - Midtempo straightforward countryesque rocker reminiscent of X.
12. **** Eyes Without a Face 03:52 - Killer Billy Idol cover starts quiet, breathy and weepy then becomes a plodding rocker to the end. Play it.

Track Listing
1. All I Do Is Lie   7. Sincerely Yours
2. Scream   8. 3d Girl
3. Degrees   9. Sweet Sweet Midnight
4. Method Man   10. Love Song
5. Trumbull   11. They'll Never
6. Jumpin' Jack   12. Eyes Without A Face