Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Red Steppes' evocative "Leonine" feels like a beautiful journey

Leonine, the debut single from Red Steppes' 10 track album "Arcs", feels like a musical diorama of tangible places and trancy feelings. California singer songwriter and visual artist Nika Alla States writes in such a poetic way turning feelings, perceptions into rich descriptions: 

"fire my brood and bloom in canyons, blow the glass, and bend the steel. but I'll be true to you, my rude companion. I've known the shape of smoke, and I am hopeful still. The summer is waning and I'm here to get my fill"

She flirts with her melodic cadence, her vocal harmonies dancing amid upfront electric guitar with supporting background instrumentation but she keeps it spartan and intimate. In the end, with the percolating percussive sounds, Leonine feels like a journey. Cool and beautiful minimalist pop / avant garde folk. 

Red Steppes is currently based in Brooklyn and "Arcs" drops on May 31st of this year.

Robb Donker

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