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.
|May 11. 2018 7pm||
1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
|Kelly McFarling, Danny Vitali||1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612||7pm|
|May 17. 2018
Derek Hunter Wilson
3636 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
|Derek Hunter Wilson||3636 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227||7pm|
|May 19. 2018
Jamie Drake, Lissie Comer
145 West El Roblar Dr. Ojai, CA 93023
|Jamie Drake, Lissie Comer||145 West El Roblar Dr. Ojai, CA 93023||7pm|
|May 20. 2018
Tea Ceremony w/ Dijon Bowden
417 Rose Ave, Venice, Ca 90291
|Tea Ceremony w/ Dijon Bowden||417 Rose Ave, Venice, Ca 90291||7pm||Tickets & more|
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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