Arcs

by red steppes

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Wade or go under I’ll hold the land, a loose tether I know the water: some bears you home, some on to better harbors And the trouble always comes and the trouble always goes and the trouble’s always one you know Fathom for fathom there are some faults so deep we don’t map them But go slow - get past them So low, so long, but still you’ll last the distance And the trouble always comes and the trouble always goes and the trouble’s always one you know, no Nobody wants to be the face of doubt only mountains, only lions, only certain, only proud but oft are we quiet cut off from wind or caught by it or lost on some tidal edge and found again on soft, unsettled islands And the trouble always comes and the trouble always goes and the trouble’s always one you know
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red steppes’ debut A Mouth May Grow was rooted firmly in the topography of California; her sophomore release Arcs (Native Cat Recordings, out May 31 2019) is the fruit of a series of displacements, disturbances, and reorientations. Stylistically diverse, the album delivers minimalist guitar pop, mathy folk, and even a Peter Gabriel-tinged meditation on loss, finding equilibrium in songwriter Nika Aila States’ intimate vocals. Arcs is plush with the kind of photographic lyricism States began exploring with A Mouth May Grow; songs fondly addressed to lovers are mindful of an inevitable transience, lullabies keep account both of the world’s smallest gestures and its great ruins, and a series of scenes unfold as a prayer of sustenance, a knowing salutation aimed at fellow travelers and sailors-by-the-wind.

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released May 31, 2019

All songs written by Nika Aila States
and recorded to tape at Tiny Telephone SF
Produced by Jamie Riotto and Nika Aila States
Engineered by Jamie Riotto
Mastered by Dave McNair

Nika Aila States: electric & acoustic guitar, lead & backing vocals
Jamie Riotto: bass, synths, piano on "Leonine"
Andrew Maguire: Percussion, vibes
Rob Shelton: keys, synths
Carly Bond: backing vocals, electric guitar on "the Armistice"
Adam Hirsch: clarinet
Mateo Lugo: guitar on "Leonine"
Ian McArdle: piano, hammond b3
Danhy Lubin-Laden: trombone
Abigail Shiman: violin
Helen Newby: cello

String + wind arrangements: Will Stratton ("A Careful Garden" and "Cricket Songs")
and Jamie Riotto ("High Growth")

Album art by Nika Aila States

www.redsteppes.com

www.nativecatrecordings.com

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red steppes Oakland, California

red steppes is a project by Californian songwriter and visual artist Nika Aila States.
It is landmusic and eyemusic.

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