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A Mouth May Grow is the first full length album from red steppes. Helmed by songwriter and photographer Nika Aila States, recorded and mixed to tape at Tiny Telephone in Northern California, the songs are built from organic and felt performances, drawing their aesthetic language from the bounded period of long days and evenings in the studio, from the generous imitations of analog tape. Driving the album's musical exploration is a deep respect for folk music, age-old melodic traditions, and for the experimental and irreverent.

The songs saunter through mapped points on the Western coast of the US, explore growth and decay, and interrogate narrative tropes surrounding love, gender, and industry. Nika's wider artistic practice as a visual artist can't help but find its way into her musical work: a yearning for a sense of place, the positioning of botany and landscape as teacher and translator, and the pregnant silence of uninhabited places.


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May 11. 2018 7pm AWAKEN CAFE
1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Kelly McFarling, Danny Vitali 1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 7pm
May 17. 2018 7pm
Derek Hunter Wilson
BEACON SOUND
3636 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Derek Hunter Wilson 3636 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 7pm
May 19. 2018 7pm
Jamie Drake, Lissie Comer
GREATER GOODS
145 West El Roblar Dr. Ojai, CA 93023
Jamie Drake, Lissie Comer 145 West El Roblar Dr. Ojai, CA 93023 7pm
May 20. 2018 7pm
Tea Ceremony w/ Dijon Bowden
CEREMONY MEDITATION
417 Rose Ave, Venice, Ca 90291
Tea Ceremony w/ Dijon Bowden 417 Rose Ave, Venice, Ca 90291 7pm Tickets & more
Jun 01. 2018 7pm
COPE-A-CABANA
433 S. Henry Ave, San Jose, CA 95117
433 S. Henry Ave, San Jose, CA 95117 7pm
a mouth may grow:
ashton / solemn bird / rampages eastward / bixby / i did not speak it / i do in the dark / what in bob's name / bodie / big desire / one for a second son / sibley
AshtonAshton,
for once go taste your own strong salt
go touch the crowded tongues of mustard
go kiss the cormorant bones
but don't hold me; my hands can't offer help
Go find a frame where I am not the only thing
in which you see yourself

Ashton,
you wrap yourself up in that nice brown bag
You squint into that amber spyglass, and you spot steadier land
where I see stars above the softest marsh's mud
If you can stand there you'll be proud, but if you can't
what passing hand will pull you up?

Underneath the sacks of seed and bags of sallow hay
up comes the cattail reed
Up comes the bottom of the bay
Go sew your broken teeth between the rows of overwatered wheat
A mouth may grow, though the field lays fallow.

Ashton,
what billows at your front porch now?
If that's your white shirt on the fishing wire
I will not cut it down
I won't hold you - I cannot keep you still
The wind's been chewing and the sun's slight ribs
and now it's getting at you, too.

I Did Not Speak It

 

Puddle Thinking

 

The dog’s eyes were blue

and so was her fat leather collar

covered in rhinestones. We sat there together

at the site of the self-immolation.

Ducks paced in the new blue water,

 

through plastic cones and wet cut flowers.

Her walker wondered: Did I know the dead man?

Had I seen it so deep?

Wasn’t it strange he came here?

Isn’t it queer where ducks will meet?

 

A flocked wind drew in clipped, subtle ripples

on David S. Buckel - did he succumb

or set fire to some of us?

There is sand in the diamond -

there is salt on the grid of the city

at such extreme cost.

 

Some lizard is sloughing it slowly, its

thin skin on linden: shivering

cvs bags and slack weatherwear –

Did it wear on him, too

like it wears on me?

Does it not wear on you?


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