Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Experimental artist H Stewart on her new album, Parker Square

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 7:34 AM

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  • Erin Archer

The Pitch last checked in with the experimental music of H Stewart in the summer of 2009, after her album Letters to Kansas City, was released. Since then, she has put out Dora Elizabeth on Moving Furniture Records and, most recently, the EP Parker Square, out now via Withering Trees, an Internet-based label out of Germany. Stewart recently took some time to answer some questions via e-mail about the new album.

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The Pitch: The sense of longing on Parker Square is palpable. How do you draw up such strong emotions?

H Stewart: I am just trying to make some horrible things beautiful. It doesn't take much to make a poor man's day good. That is my job as an artist ... to make a poor man's day good. To show every man how similar we all are.

Parker Square's final track is entitled "Kansas City." You released an album in 2009 entitled Letters to Kansas City, and featured some imagery very specific to the area. What keeps bringing you back to KC as a songwriting topic?

The same thing that keeps the ducks coming back to Loose Park every year ...

Why did you go with Withering Trees for the release of this album?

They are small young label with a lot of passion about experimental music. They remind me of Clinical Archives when I first started.

This EP is considerably more stripped-down than your last release. Why the different approach?

Every album I have released has a different approach. I am constantly experimenting with recording and processing techniques. The base tracks to this album were recorded at Cypher Sound on Main Street in Kansas City. I then added several different processing tricks and treatments including micro sound, drone, ambient, and braided looping. This is the first album I have incorporated professionally recorded tracks with my usual lo-fi recordings.

Do you have any live performances planned around the release, or will this live only in recorded form?

I have played a couple of private performances of Parker Square to date and am always open to live sound viewings. I have no public performances scheduled at this date. As always, I do everything I can to accommodate any live performance requests.

I have a project being released in the next year with Aussie artist Zac Keiler under the moniker My Vinyl Prism. The album is entitled Gaze. It has been three years in the making, and the work steps beyond both of our individual styles of experimentation.

Take a listen to Parker Square below, or download it via the Internet Archive.

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