Watch : Shura returns with ‘BKLYNLDN’, announces first live dates of 2019 (Secretly Canadian)

Shura makes a stunning return today with new song ‘BKLYNLDN’. Available now on her new home of Secretly Canadian, this is the first taste of Shura’s much-anticipated second album, which she is currently working on in the wake of 2016’s celebrated debut, ‘Nothing’s Real’. Headline shows in London and Brooklyn are additionally confirmed today, with the pre-sale for the Roundhouse on November 14th beginning on March 12th (general sale starts Thursday at 10AM) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (October 23rd) going on sale on Friday.

‘BKLYNLDN’ marks the start of a new chapter (musically, geographically, emotionally) for Shura. That timeless look at long-distance romantic longing – if told through the modern lens of apps, texts, and anxiety-inducing silences – it’s a cinematic, exquisitely intimate examination of what presence and absence means in modern relationships; a passionate, tactile record about connection in volatile times; and, despite its cleansed sonic palette, still the unmistakeable sound of Shura. The track’s tender video was directed by Woman’s Hour front-woman Fiona Jane Burgess.

Describing her new music for the first time today, Shura writes – “with ‘BKLYNLDN’ I wanted to explore having both a sonic & lyrical evolution. It’s about desire – playing with the idea of it being all consuming and at times overwhelming. It starts with the immediacy of physical desire – ‘this isn’t love’ and yet as the song unfolds that sentiment begins to unravel; I am clearly in love and instead of my girlfriend coming to London, I end up moving Brooklyn. I wanted to capture that reversal and for me that section feels like my summer, skipping through Brooklyn, holding hands with my girlfriend and singing out loud without caring about how stupid you look.