Brisbane artist Azura, aka Lauren Coutts, shares her special debut single ‘Midnight’; a haunting lullaby showcasing Azura’s celestial vocals and gossamer production.
Written at 18-years-old, the song encompasses the aching emotions of late night journeys home grappling with unrequited love.
“I wrote the lyrics while waiting at a bus stop in the city after midnight. It had become a reoccurring thing. I’d just turned 18 so I was going out late to see shows and I guess it’s about that streetlight haze, unrequited love and sleeplessness – all things that I was overwhelmed by at the time.” – Azura
Azura’s classical, wistful approach to vocals against a textured, modern soundscape creates a star-bright quality that finds a balance between sonically spectacular and thoughtfully minimal. In part this balance comes from the creation process of the track, originally a bedroom recording, it was the first song that Coutts took to a studio production level.
“I produced it over two weeks and then took it to Jack Prest at Studios 301 in Sydney in July. He helped turn it from a bedroom demo into what it is now. I had been writing everyday for a few years and it was the first time I’d written something that I loved enough to get on a plane for. I listened to it and just thought, “this is it, this needs to exist.” – Azura
From the synthesised string instruments, to the reverb on Azura’s already romantic, lachrymose vocals, the elements intertwine and float easily between one another, creating a sense of floating in space. This is just a ripe taste of what Azura can bring to the electronic-indie scene.