Steven R. Smith
A Sketchbook Of Endings
Soft Abuse
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1Everything in Circles
3Copper Arches
4The Days Have Wiped Away the Image
6That Which is Many, Yet None
7All Things That Shall Be
8Hollow Victories in Godforsaken Lands
9The Pale Tree
10A Bird That is All Birds
11The Toppled Era
12A Series of Courtyards Reversed
13The Weaving Mill
14Let Us Return
15Mourning Weeds

With nearly 25 years of solo recordings and releases to his credit, hermetic Californian Steven R. Smith goes back to the start with A Sketchbook Of Endings, the first solo release under his own name in eight years. Thids album continues Smith’s exploration of the intersection of moody post-punk and cinematic psychedelia, delivered in lysergic pop song-length spurts.

Brevity does nothing to sacrifice density or dynamics—Smith offers both in abundance across the album’s fifteen instrumentals. These songs are packed with all of the depth, intensity and nuance that have been trademarks of his music for so long. Despite appearing under his given name, A Sketchbook Of Endings includes traces of recent work, under guises such as Ulaan Khol, Ulaan Markhor and Ulaan Passerine, as well echoes of his forebearers Mick Harvey and Rowland S. Howard. This release is a highlight of Smith’s first quarter century of activities, a beacon of his rich and varied anti-career.

Instruments: electric guitar, analog synth, percussion, piano, organ, hurdy gurdy, spike fiddle

Mastered by Sean McCann / Artwork by Kuriyama Haruo