Steven R. Smith

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Not to be confused with American singer-songwriter, musician and poet Stephan Smith.


Steven R. Smith is an American musician, instrument-builder, and printmaker often associated with the Jewelled Antler collective. Born in Fullerton, California and based in San Francisco and, more recently, Los Angeles, he has been musically active since the mid-1990s. His main instrument is guitar, both acoustic and electric, although other instruments, including the hurdy gurdy, bouzouki, fretted spike fiddles, and assorted ethnic instruments, have been incorporated into his work.

Smith’s music tends to range from dense, orchestrated pieces to sparse solo excursions on electric guitar and is improvised as often as composed. His music has drawn elements from psychedelic rock, traditional folk music, soundtracks, free jazz, and modern composers, and tends to be contemplative and somewhat mournful. Some of his records feature elaborate packaging, woodcut and linocut prints, and handmade chapbooks. Throughout his career Smith has recorded for a number of independent labels such as Important Records, Soft Abuse, Catsup Plate, Root Strata, Immune Recordings, Last Visible Dog, Jewelled Antler, Darla Records, and Emperor Jones. In November 2007 Smith issued Owl, his first solo release to extensively feature vocals and lyrics.

In addition to his ongoing solo work, Smith has been a member of the instrumental psych-rock group Mirza; the improvisational group Thuja; Hala Strana, a project which focuses on the traditional music of Eastern Europe; and most recently Ulaan Khol. Smith has occasionally appeared live with Mirza and Thuja, but he remains an elusive solo permormer.

Discography[edit]

steven r. smith

  • log the man dead – CS (autopia, 1995)
  • gehenna belvedere – LP (autopia, 1996)
  • autumn is the end – CD (darla, 1998)
  • from ashes come – CD (3 acre floor, 1999)
  • slate branches – CD (3 acre floor, 2000), LP (little brother records, 2000)
  • death of last year's man e.p. – 7” (autopia, 2000), CDep (emperor jones, 2001)
  • tableland – CD (emperor jones, 2001)
  • lineaments – CD (emperor jones, 2002)
  • kohl – CDr (jewelled antler, 2002), LP (emperor jones, 2005)
  • antimony – CDr (digitalis industries, 2004)
  • crown of marches – CD (catsup plate, 2005)
  • the anchorite - LP (important records, 2006), CD (root strata, 2008)
  • owl - CD (digitalis industries, 2007)
  • cities - LP (immune recordings, 2009)
  • floor of the sky - LP (burnt toast vinyl, 2011)
  • old skete - LP (worstward recordings, 2011)

hala strana

  • karst e.p. – 3”CDr (jewelled antler, 2003)
  • hala strana – CD (emperor jones, 2003)
  • fielding – 2xCDr (jewelled antler, 2003), 2xCD (last visible dog, 2004)
  • these villages – CD (soft abuse, 2004)
  • white sleep - lathe cut 7" (soft abuse, 2006)
  • heave the gambrel roof - LP/CD (music fellowship, 2007)

ulaan khol

  • I – CD (soft abuse, 2008)
  • II – CD (soft abuse, 2008)
  • III – CD (soft abuse, 2010)
  • la catacomb - CS (soft abuse, 2011)

thuja

  • the deer lay down their bones – CD (tumult, 2000)
  • ghost plants – CD (emperor jones, 2002)
  • museum #1 – 3”CDr (jewelled antler, 2002)
  • museum #2 – 3”CDr (jewelled antler, 2002)
  • hills – CDr (last visible dog, 2002)
  • suns – CD (emperor jones, 2002)
  • all strange beasts of the past – CD (emperor jones, 2003)
  • fable – 3”CD (jewelled antler, 2003)
  • pine cone temples – 2xCD (strange attractors, 2005)
  • thuja – LP (Important, 2008)

mirza

  • mirza – 12”ep (autopia, 1996)
  • anadromous – CD (darla, 1997)
  • iron compass flux – 2xLP/CD (darla, 1998)
  • last clouds – CD (ba da bing!, 2001)

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