Four Arms to Hold You: red steppes, Reb Fountain, Merival and Erin Durant

Beginning tonight’s journey through music from Oakland, California with a spectacular live performance from Nika Aila States. She releases music under the name red steppes and her new album Arcs will be released this Friday 31st of May by Native Cat Recordings. This is a mesmerizing live version of album outtake Madera.

red steppes website

Crossing the pacific and moving to Auckland, New Zealand for the new Reb Fountain single Faster. I’m quite new to her music and I am still in the middle in the process of introducing my heart to her songs. However, it’s been a really good match during these first few months I’ve had her songs on my side. Faster is the first single and outtake from the forthcoming Reb Fountain album that is due out on the 27th of September.

Reb Fountain Website

Next stop Toronto, Canada where songwriter Anna Horvath aka Merival is getting ready to release her debut full-length Lesson on the 21st of June. You can already find three excellent singles from her bandcamp. My personal favorite is the latest one No Brakes. Max Parr also directed a gorgeous music video for this moving song. Watch it below and check out the other beautiful songs on her bancamp page.

Merival at Facebook

Final destination tonight is New York and the songs of Erin Durant. I’ve been planning to make a some sort of Keeled Scales special feature, because the label is having such a strong year. I still might do that special too, but let’s begin by sharing a single or two from the forthcoming Erin Durant album Islands that is due out on the 21st of June. All three singles have been enchanting, elegant and timeless and I can’t wait to hear the whole record. This one is going to be a beautiful treasure.

Erin Durant Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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