A couple of months back, Stef Chura burst right back into our ears (and hearts) with a great new single “Method Man.” The track coincided with the announcement of her upcoming sophomore album Midnight, which is slated for release June 7. Chura likely gained a large handful of new listeners last year when she signed with Saddle Creek for s reissue of her debut album Messes. But it looks as though Midnight will be the work that really propels her forward. And for good reason. We already had one good reason with the lead single, but today we’ve been given a second with another new track, “They’ll Never.”
”They’ll Never” is a smart, succinct blending of the old and new Stef Chura. It’s got the same passion and lo-fi-ish drive of her debut, but it also displays neat streaks of self-assured flair. Its main drive is a loud, fuzzy guitar that cuts through the mix, which is sure to please many. All throughout its distortion and beautiful chaos, though, is Chura herself, wielding words with a resounding coolness. It is certainly reminiscent of the 90s-era of indie rock, with its swirls of sound meshing hazily into the sweetness of the vocals. The accompanying video also harkens back to that period, with a faded, sometimes bright, sometimes dark look that works wonders in further bringing the song to life.
As for the subject matter of “They’ll Never,” Stef Chura writes:
”I wrote this song while living in a building in Ypsilanti, MI that was not up to code. No one cared about it. The kitchen was moldy, the carpets were dirty and the house was generally unfinished. This place existed in an odd realm. “Sideways from grace the angles lost” This means that at a certain angle and in the right light you can see what is amiss. No one really cared for it, and yet people would go on living in it and subsequently it would be a home. No one cared enough to take care of it and no one cared enough to notice it and destroy it or hold the people who lived there accountable for keeping it up to code.
It’s also about looking into the future, that when life hands you less and circumstances aren’t what you thought they were. “They sold you love, this chalk’s just dust.” Wanting something you can’t have. Having expectations that don’t go the way you think they should. How what you bought isn’t in the box and you have to start over. There is only a memory of what is left represented by a shell of what was there. A conversation on how you can never really own anything. And life goes on even if your house is moldy and you don’t speak the same language as the drunk old man you live with who steals your potted plants and plants them in the yard for you. He says “You’re welcome.”
Check out the track right below here.
Pre-order Midnight right here.
Follow Stef Chura on her socials: