The quotes above about Steve Hefter’s debut album as St. Even (how come no one ever thought of that) come from papers at opposite sides of the country, but with a consensus that meets in the middle. It would be difficult to ignore such sentiments in a time of ultimate musical saturation.
So, let’s let the music speak for itself and give you the facts. Steve Hefter isn’t one of those songwriters that pops out of nowhere as a next big thing. The accolades are the result of dues paid. Hefter has been churning out a steady stream of his brand of memorable, musical heartache since the late 90’s.
Currently based in Portland, but originally from Baltimore (this explains how these regional publications are ahead of the curve on this one) Hefter’s collaborative efforts with Baltimore luminaries such as Chris Freeland (Oxes, Frenemies), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), and Jason Dove followed his first album release Twist and Hold ‘Til Morning in 2007.
Prior to that album, Hefter developed his lyrically-driven folk sensibilities and melodic indie-rock textures with Judd Bolger (Judd and Maggie) and Billy Gordon (J. Roddy Walston and The Business) in the bands Sons of Buford and Challenge Club respectively.
The west coast beckoned Hefter in 2009, and now in 2011, under the name St. Even (still really cool), Spirit Animal is set to show the rest of the country what some already know. Spirit Animal was recorded with Jake Kelly (Kimya Dawson) at Materials To Outlet Studios in Portland, Oregon with an immensely talented smattering of old and new friends in tow. It will be available via Dustbin Records on September 6th, 2011.
(Dustbin Records, Sept. 6, 2011)
01. Blinding Love
03. Dreams / My Rope
05. The Marigold
06. The Piano Inflates
09. Long Distance Calls
10 Whatever It Is You Well Up With
12. This Is Not A Song