Red Steppes / A Mouth May Grow
Album: A Mouth May Grow   Collection:General
Artist: Red Steppes   Added:Sep 2019
Label: Native Cat Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-10-07 Pull Date: 2019-12-09
Week Ending: Dec 15 Dec 8 Nov 10 Nov 3
Airplays: 1 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 09, 2019: Everything
One For A Second Son
4. Nov 08, 2019: w/e
Rampages Eastward
2. Dec 07, 2019: Hanging in the Boneyard
Rampages Eastward
5. Nov 02, 2019: Music Casserole
3. Dec 07, 2019: Music Casserole
One For A Second Son
6. Nov 01, 2019: w/e

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2019-09-28

The debut album of Bay Area based songwriter, singer, and guitarist Nika Aila States who performs as Red Steppes. States’s voice is a pretty soprano with just a hint of twang. Her intriguing, impressionist lyrics are full of symbols & metaphor: past relationships are described with images of animals, plants, and places. Instruments are acoustic & electric guitar, synth, drums, some electronics. A beautiful website at has lyrics.

No FCC issues

1 * Mid-tempo. Mostly acoustic. Perhaps a message for a former lover. Good start. (4:16)
2 Mid-slow. More electric. A bit spooky. Strange lyrics. (3:59)
3 ** Mid-slow. A recollection of someone important. Melodic with catchy refrain. (4:05)
4 * Mid-tempo. More memories of an ex. Passionate and compelling. Slightly sad. (4:19)
5 * Mid-slow. Again, melancholy remembrances, good singing and accompaniment. (3:26)
6 Mid-slow. A memory of her father; then a conversation about art with her lover. (3:35)
7 Fast. Urgent, tense. Something is definitely wrong, but what?. (2:59)
8 Mid-slow. Somewhat nihilistic. Refers to the California ghost town of Bodie. (4:39)
9 Mid-slow, somber. She’s leaving someone. Scenes of the NorCal coast. (3:46)
10 ** Mid-tempo. Somewhat like a Celtic folk-song with nice finger-style guitar. (3:57)
11 Slow. Sad and spare. A downer of a song, though well sung. (3:17)

Track Listing
1. Ashton   6. I Do In The Dark
2. Solemn Bird   7. What In Bob's Name
3. Rampages Eastward   8. Bodie
4. Bixby   9. Big Desire
5. I Did Not Speak It   10. One For A Second Son
  11. Sibley / Joaquin