On her latest single ‘The Mind Is A Trap’, Serafina Steer crafts a sublimely ethereal and shimmering sonic cosmos that offers internal musings by way of soft, whispered vocals. It’s the title track from her recently released album which sees the multi-instrumentalist, known for her involvement in the likes of Bas Jan, Jarv..is, and Trash Kit, explore new soundscapes that encompass a wider range of experimentations. Ahead of her show at Folklore tonight we get to know Serafina Steer In Short.

Incorporating more electronic tones than some of her previous work The Mind Is A Trap comprises a nine-track suite that offers lo-fi, meditative pop by way of electric harp, synths, drum machines and an overall more cinematic sound. Whilst this record presents a return to harp playing and to a more introspective sound, it also offers a distinct shift from her previous solo compositions as Steer crafts expansive and cinematic pop experimentations imbued with a ruminative essence.


Ahead of playing Folklore with Ed Dowie and Merlin Nova this evening, get to know Serafina Steer In Short…

Three words to describe our/my music (not ‘listen to it’ or variation of please)

For my new album it would be “filmic, atmospheric, experimental.”

Last photo on your phone…

A harbour in St. Ives where I had a gig at Barbara Hepworth Museum last week.

Favourite instagram account…

Robbidder – https://www.instagram.com/robbidder/

The best venue I’ve played…

Ryodenji Temple, Japan

Earliest song you remember… 

Aswad – Don’t turn around. Or maybe Belinda Carlisle ‘Heaven is a place on earth’

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Telephone sales for a double glazing company

Favourite food on tour…

Avocados

My Favourite word…

Mega

Things that cheer me up…

Erasure, my friends and b/f, nice wine, everyone having a good time, swimming, blue skies, looking round old clothes and junk in markets.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Pompeii

I think you should listen to…

Young Druid 

If I could see anyone play live it would be… 

Alice Coltrane

Serafina Steer plays Folklore today (Wednesday 2nd) get tickets here.

Photo credit: Julia Laird