A MOUTH MAY GROW

A Mouth May Grow is the first full length from red steppes. Helmed by songwriter and photographer Nika Aila States (also of TOTONOKO), the project is a further exploration of the themes she approaches in her wider artistic practice: yearning for a sense of place, the positioning of botany and landscape as teacher and translator, and interrogations of broader narrative tropes surrounding love, sex, gender, and industry. It's also just earnest folk music, colored by a deep respect both for age-old melodic traditions and for the experimental and the irreverent. Recorded and mixed to tape at Tiny Telephone, 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 limitations of tape, and from their subject matter: mapped points on the western coast of the US, growth and decay, and the pregnant silence of uninhabited places.