"Hala Strana is a summation of Steven R. Smith's interest in the traditional folk musics of Central and Eastern Europe. Incorporating the melodies and scales of village music from Croatia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Poland, Smith pushes his music into new territories, using layered instruments like gourd guitar, clay flowerpots, glockenspiel, violin, and others."
"White Sleep delivers the first new Hala Strana recordings since These Villages. The three breathtaking new compositions rival the best Hala Strana offerings to date, and include a powerful cover version of 'Dream Forever' by Dog Faced Hermans. His compositions—combining 4/8-track recordings of live instruments with minidisk and boombox overdubs—conjure a dream symphony that defies easy categorization on the 7” lathe, White Sleep. Beset with wheezing ambient tones and degraded tape noise, these pieces sound positively ancient and fall somewhere between Eastern European traditional folk, the homemade primitive works of Harry Partch and the early noise drone of Velvet Underground. An edition of 60 copies, with handmade sleeves."
entrevista a Steven R. Smith en Kid Shirt y una lista de sus discos favoritos en Dusted. dentro de poco debería salir su nuevo disco en Music Fellowship: "Heave the Gambrel Roof"