Would You Stay by Steffaloo on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Steffaloo

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, a move that would send her down clearly divergent artistic paths in the coming years. Continuing to evolve as an acoustic songstress, Steffaloo recorded her second album, Would You Stay, which was released in 2012 on L.A.'s Mush Records. However, her work with Blackbird Blackbird led to a bevy of other collaborations in the electronic world with well-known acts such as Sun Glitters and Chrome Sparks, and her associations soon became further tied to that genre. Embracing this new style, Steffaloo set upon recording her third full-length and first entirely electronic album, Heart Beats, which came out in late 2013. ~ Timothy Monger

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