New Music Monday - Shura, Alison Sudol, and Jamie Drake

We have a trio of artists with recent or forthcoming releases for #NewMusicMonday. First up is the British electro-popster Shura. The child of a Russian actress and an English documentarian, Shura swims in the same ocean of astute, danceable synth-pop as Robyn and Rhye. An out lesbian as well an atheist, her fascination with religion and the notion of forbidden fruit shine through in the chic video for "religion (u can lay your hands me)". Her album, Forevher, dropped Friday on Secretly Canadian. You can catch her at Union Stage on October 18.

Next up we have Alison Sudol, or Queenie Goldstein for the Potterheads among us. The artist formerly known as A Fine Frenzy has been recording and releasing music under her own name since 2015. A multi-hyphenate talent who writes fiction in addition to acting and singing, Alison crafts hypnotic, literary-tinged pop music that wouldn't feel out of place in a playlist among Lykke Li, Bat for Lashes, and The Knife. You can catch her in support of her forthcoming Moonlite EP at the Rock and Roll Hotel on September 15. For now, check out her single "The Runner".

We'll end the night with the new single from Jamie Drake. An LA-based singer, she spins beautifully-woven electro-folk webs. Her voice is a smokier version of Imogen Heap's plaintive mezzo-soprano, and songs like the exquisite "Redwood Tree" demonstrate the pop sensibilities of Andrew Bird. Her album Everything's Fine drops September 20th on AntiFragile Music, and you can catch her at
DC9 on October 25th with Cat Clyde.