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You may have discovered Steffaloo—a.k.a. L.A.-based singer/songwriter Steph Thompson—by way of British electronic artist Stumbleine, with whom Steffaloo recorded a gorgeous, shimmering cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You." Her solo work is just as beautiful. Would You Stay, her second album, is as fragile as thinning pond ice and sometimes as chilling. The whoosh of breaking waves under Thompson's whispered lyrics and faintly plucked ukulele on "So I'll Go" give the tune a decidedly wintery, isolated feel; this is no sunny day at the beach. On "Lonely Night," Thompson's vocals touch into blues territory, her gently double-tracked voice flowing over the muffled patter of a rainstorm and her spare, resigned acoustic guitar notes. Several songs feature added instrumentation—keyboards, marimba, strings—but the touch is always light as air. "If You Were My Baby" bops along on cottony guitar strums atop snare hits and cymbal brushes you almost don't notice. From the appealing, faint samba vibe of the opening "Would You Stay" to the mournful ambience of "Rainy Fingers" and the electronic, fragile beauty of "My Heart Beats," Would You Stay is a surprising and touching experience.

Customer Reviews

incredibly beautiful

sweet, soft, sad, heartfelt. a dusty, homespun, candid, intimate indie acoustic guitar girl singer-songwriter vibe. absolutely great.

Love it!

Super dreamy, like moving thru clouds; inventive and perfect for chilling out.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Based in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter Steffaloo -- aka Steph Thompson -- quietly began making intimate, lo-fi acoustic bedroom recordings shortly after relocating from Boulder, Colorado in 2006. Using just her guitar and the built-in mike on her MacBook, she slowly put together a collection of hushed indie folk songs that would eventually comprise her 2011 debut, Meet Me in Montauk. Around that same time she chanced into a collaboration with San Francisco-based chillwave artist Blackbird Blackbird,...
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