- 31 Aug 19
She was playing in front of an intimate crowd, but there's absolutely no denying the star power of the English electro-pop singer.
When Shura released her 2016 debut album, Nothing's Real, this magazine was amongst the many outlets championing it as one of the albums of the year and heralding a unique name in pop. Blending deeply catchy '80s synth with more experimental strains, it was an album which demanded repeated listenings.
Her follow-up, Forevher, was released just two weeks ago and is an equally assured album, working in the same grooves as her first, but showcasing a more unbridled lyricist, who could be as unabashedly joyous as she could be vulnerable. It was blistering stuff.
She makes her return to Ireland ahead of a massive show at The Academy Dublin, scheduled for November.
Her set, which is a neat 45 minutes, is evenly divided with songs from her first and second albums. Among the new songs, 'side effect' comes through the strongest, dripping with delicate charisma and capturing the swaying crowd completely.
But Shura is evidently still in her element when she's playing the songs from her first album. She plays a down-tempo yet transportive version of 'Too Shy', before jumping down to the barrier to sing 'Touch' with an eager, responsive audience.
She finishes the night with 'White Light', an undeniably funky, catchy closer which leaves us dancing long after she's left the stage.
A born superstar. Go see her in November.