My initial plan was to work my way back in by posting half year round ups and the like but last night the stars aligned and after 5 months of feverishly glancing at Shura’s soundcloud page every week or so looking for a new song HERE IT IS AND OMIGOD I NEED TO CALM DOWN. ‘Just Once’ is not quite the anthemic, woozy beauty that 'Touch' was, but it is another excellent showcase of Shura’s clearly remarkable talents.
If I’m erring on the side of hyperbole here, it’s purely because of the song itself. ‘Just Once’ is equal parts break up and hook up song, and at it’s centre is a heart broken to the core. I mean, if you can sing a line like ‘if you get my name wrong I won’t get pissed off/cause I wish I was somebody else’ and mean it, you’re probably not in a great place. But where a Banks might turn this song into a subtly devastating put down number like ‘Change’, Shura turns the song’s down beat sentiment into a completely different beast. By singing ‘Have you ever been lost/do you wanna get lost/we could get lost’, the song changes completely from a downbeat tale of a one night stand to something altogether more beautiful.