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Degrees b​/​w Sour Honey

by stef chura

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Vinyl was released on April 21, 2018 for Record Store Day 2018!

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Hot on the heels of our reissue of her debut album, Messes, we’re excited to announce the RSD exclusive 7-inch by Stef Chura, Degrees b/w Sour Honey . “Degrees" and "Sour Honey" were both songs cut from Messes , but revived when Stef crossed paths with Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest and a collaboration was born. We’ll let Stef tell the story of these songs and the meeting with Will that led to this 7-inch:

"I met Will Toledo in 2016 when we did some touring together with Car Seat Headrest. We chatted at the Empty Bottle in Chicago at our first show and he told me that he found my music on Tumblr via a Pitchfork article that compared us to each other. He invited us on a couple of tours that year before Messes was out and before we had a label or booking agent or release plans or any “stuff.” In May of 2017 we ran into each other again at the Empty Bottle. Will was mixing Twin Fantasy and came out to our gig there with the engineer he’d been working with. He invited us to the studio to check out the record the next day. When we stopped by Will had finished mixing early and asked us if we had anything going on recording-wise. I said I have a couple of songs that got cut from Messes I want to record for a 7-inch and he was like "Cool, wanna record them right now? I'll play bass.”

"Sour Honey" I wrote during the time that I was a cocktail waitress at a strip club. It's partly about that and mostly about the deeply visceral feeling of embarrassment and bullying: “I'm dripping sour honey, and it all starts to feel funny, I didn't mean to go to places I don't know." It's also in tune with knowing something is wrong and doing it anyway. A theme for Messes , but maybe not an intentional concept? Just a theme I've been through many times in life.

“Degrees" began as a completely fingerpicked folk song. After Will listened to it he suggested going in a Janis Joplin direction, like the song "Ball and Chain," emphasizing the loud-quiet-loud aspects. We sat and watched a few videos and then practiced it with Ryan Clancy on drums. That's where the song took on a much bigger sound that included drum transitions and organs, solos, all that stuff."

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released April 20, 2018

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Track Name: Degrees
All that you do
Formed into truth
You take it or leave it
Who’s got a use
All that you needed
Shaked and repeated
Uprooted and weeded
It gave you a reason
On to walk off with
Lean on my false hip
Glances they’re greedy
We’re taking them in winter
I got this sea to be released
Glance back at me 
Reciprocating one million
Degrees

Dark as it’s been
Thicker than sin
It don’t change the circumstance
Even for a glimpse
Into a maybe
Gone with the crazy
You go meet yourself there
Where they’re all playthings
Deal with the ache there
Tear out the pages
Feelings in phases
Until your fading
Off into winter
Feed me that splinter
Burn back at me
Reciprocating one million
Degrees 
Track Name: Sour Honey
Can I walk along
Your bare feet
The promises are wrong
We’re care free
Given what is strong and tempting 
Forgotten in that cave 
We’re melting

I’m dripping sour honey
And it all starts to feel funny
I didn’t mean to go
To places I don’t know
But who’s about to say
They did not throw as far as they could

If I could see the end 
Envisioning
The math we had to bend
Cold gasoline
They pour it over me
I’m whispering 
Every single thing
Was so plain to see

I’m dripping sour honey
And it all starts to feel funny
I didn’t mean to go
To places I don’t know
But who’s about to say 
They did not throw as far
As they could

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