TUNE Shura - Shura - religion (u can lay your hands on me) (Secretly Canadian)
- new single religion (u can lay your hands on me), impacting 16th August via Secretly Canadian
- new album forevher out 16th August
- intimate warm up shows in London and Bristol, as well as Glastonbury appearance
Shura has announced second album forevher, which will be released August 16th via Secretly Canadian. The record is launched alongside a video for incredible new single religion (you can lay your hands on me), on top of news of two intimate, just-announced warm-up shows at London’s Moth Club (June 19th) and Bristol’s Louisana (June 27th). Shura then plays the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury on June 29th, with an extensive run of global tour dates confirmed into the end of the year.
Written primarily about Shura’s relationship with her girlfriend and their long-distance conception, forevher covers everything from the initial pull of desire to recognising the moment when the connection develops into something scarily meaningful: it’s a classic NYC-to-London love-story, but one told through the totally modern filter of dating apps, unanswered texts, and Skype chats.
New single, religion (u can lay your hands on me), is a meditation on queer desire that explores the concept of sex being like a religion. The song was inspired by the burgeoning love affair, a time of constant texts and phone calls on different continents, where the phrase “you can lay your hands on me” takes on a playful meaning. The accompanying video similarly explores the relationship between the body, sin, and faith. Taking Shura’s initial visual inspiration - Jude Law in ‘The Young Pope’ - director Chloe Wallace creates “a new kind of Religion… We wanted to make a world of sexiness without being exploitative and iconography without being disrespectful.”
Co-produced alongside Joel Pott - with musical turns from Jona Ma (from Jagwar Ma), Will Miller (Whitney), T-E-E-D and additional vocals from Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham, Reva from Nimmo - Shura describes forevher as “a soul record, sung by someone who doesn’t have a traditional soul voice. And I quite enjoy the antagonism of that.
religion (u can lay your hands on me) has already won support across The 405 Billboard Consequence of Sound Clash Dork The Fader The Line of Best Fit Paste, Pitchfork, Stereoboard & Stereogum amongst others.
1. thats me, just a sweet melody
2. side effects
3. religion (u can lay your hands on me)
4. the stage
7. princess leia
11. skyline, be mine
Upcoming UK Tour Dates:
June 19 - London, UK @ Moth Club *Tickets available OTD only*
June 27 - Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
June 29 - Worthy Farm, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
Nov 14 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
Nov 16 – Dublin, IE @ Academy
Nov 17 – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
Nov 18 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz Manchester