Release Date: Aug 31, 2018
Record label: N/A
This being her second solo record, a year on from her first, you could forgive a few hiccups or creative inconsistencies across the ten tracks on Until The Lights Fade. Thankfully, these do not appear. It's a considered, thoughtfully constructed record that adheres to a stylish, seductive aesthetic - think brown dust on your Chelsea boots, desert driving in an expensive car, artfully distressed black denim and ice-cold Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Last year Juanita Stein finally released her debut solo record, 'America'. It was her finest effort in a long while; much sparser than her last couple of LPs with her band, Howling Bells, it brought her songwriting chops to the fore - the album's country stylings suited her smoky voice down the ground, and there was a pleasing stylistic diversity, too. That she's been able to follow it up so quickly suggests a less arduous production process, and sure enough, 'Until the Lights Fade' was largely recorded in Austin, Texas, over the course of a single week. When so much of what Juanita had written for 'Until the Lights Fade' clearly involves a folk-rock flavour, it's a shame it wasn't fleshed out accordingly.