StevieRay Latham's poetic songs merge his passions for lo-fi folk and fine art, and contort themselves into beautiful and intimate melodies.
His ever-evolving folk infused rock pays homage to off-kilter innovators such as Kurt Vile, Wilco and Sparklehorse but his influences can be traced back further, to Neil Young, The Beatles and beyond. Never caught standing still, since debuting at the BBC Folk Awards he's played large festivals, toured like a minstrel through Europe and worked on sound art projects in China. These experiences inform a back catalogue that ranges from Lo-fi Folk to Psychedelic Rock and Ambient Soundscapes.
His latest EP, StevieRay Latham & The Nomads of Industrial Suburbia is the inaugural release on SR24 Records and it represents a shift towards a different way of thinking. Teaming up with a group of collaborators at Saunton Road Studios in his coastal hometown in North Devon, the NOIS EP represents StevieRay's first experience of recording in a professional studio setting. The move away from the intimacy of home-studios in favour of a larger space was influenced by his desire for a bigger sound. Skilfully guided by established producer Mark Aubrey, spacious drums, overdriven guitars, ambient synths and layers of field-recordings are built up around poetic songs, breathing a visceral urgency into vivid, lyrical songwriting.
On Everything Changes, Latham muses on the passing of time as the song grows to an, almost Shoe-gaze, crescendo from the sparse motif of the instrumental album opener La Forêt. Thief effortlessly drifts from Desert to Swamp Blues around a driving riff whilst Madeline serves as a reminder of Latham's passion for songwriting at it's purest form. The EP closes with the pounding I Don't Mind, whose existentially dark lyrics are a familiar theme throughout a broad body of work.