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Premiere: red steppes Shares Video for New Song “Madera”

Arcs Due Out May 31 via Native Cat

May 15, 2019
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Brooklyn via San Francisco folk singer/songwriter red steppes (aka Nika Aila States) has shared a video for her new track "Madera," off of her forthcoming album Arcs, due out May 31, and we are pleased to premiere it. The video is a vintage tinged homage to the California countryside featuring an intimate acoustic performance intercut with grainy footage of Big Sur. The track is a minor key rumination on distance and growth, embroidered with delicate fingerpicking and haunting vocals. Check out the video, as well as some upcoming tour dates, below.

On the making of the video States' had this to say in a statement to Under the Radar: "I wrote this song in an empty room in east Oakland, a few years ago, right before a lot of things started falling apart. I'd been living with and giving love to someone for the better part of three years; we were packing up our home so he could work abroad for a few months, leaving me to kill a summer living in my dad's back yard. The relationship ended pretty shortly after he returned... When I think about the two years following the breakup, and how quietly angry I sometimes still feel about things that happened between us not when we were trying to be lovers, but after, when we thought we were friends, I'm grateful for this song. I managed, right before the end of something, to fix one of those moments - some still afternoon when you're settled into the loved, familiar smell of someone, and you know where you are, and you think you could be happy if each day stretched out exactly like that, interminably - that makes you stay. I don't think I'd remember that, without Madera."

Arcs will be red steppes' sophomore release, following after her 2018 debut A Mouth May Grow

red steppes Tour Dates:

5/31 - Ladd Taphouse - Portland, OR
6/7 - Cafe Du Nord-San Francisco, CA
6/8 - Fairfax EcoFest-Fairfax, CA
6/9 - LAB- Carmel-by-the-sea, CA
6/14 - Henry Miller-Big Sur, CA
6/15 - Greater Goods-Ojai, CA

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