Reddening West is a band from Austin, Texas. They released their first EP, Where We Started, in 2016. Described as ‘gorgeous’ (Gold Flake Paint), ‘consistently great’ (The Wild Honeypie), and ‘full of purpose’ (The Aural Premonition), the band continues to refine its textural, expansive folk music. Reddening West have performed at Sofar Sounds, Communion Music, SXSW, and more, and are hard at work on a full length album.
Matt Evans, lead singer of the group answered our questions.
What is your all-time favorite song?
“Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. I could listen to this song forever.
Which song is perfect for a Road Trip?
“California Stars” by Wilco/Billy Bragg. The song was originally written by Woodie Guthrie, and it just has this open-road feeling about it.
To which song do you like to clean?
“Music for 18 Musicians” from Steve Reich. Cleaning is the perfect task to let your mind wander a bit. Listening to Reich, you can sort of space out, but it also has this weird undercurrent of energy that gets under your skin.
What’s the perfect song to wake up with?
“Trois Gymnopedies No. 1” by Satie. I like to start my days slowly and quietly. This song has this remarkable, slow opening and entrancing melodies throughout, helps me set my mind for the day. Perfect with morning light and coffee.
What’s your favorite artist from your home city?
Way too many to name. I would probably say Balmorhea. They write this textural, minimal music, that is clearly on their own terms. Super talented group of people doing something really unique.
Which artist do you think is too underrated and which one is overrated?
Underrated: Damien Jurado. I don’t think he’s on everyone’s radar and he should be.
If you could be one artist for a day, who would that be?
Arvo Part. Would love to spend a day hearing what he hears and try to figure out what goes on in that guy’s head.
Non-musically, Andy Goldsworthy. I’ve always been fascinated by his aesthetic and embrace of creating ephemeral art.
What’s the best song to make love to? (…to ask someone out?)
“La Vie En Rose” – that’s a goddamn romantic song. Edith Piaf or Louis Armstrong’s version.
What’s the most beautiful lyric you’ve ever heard?
“A baby sleeps in all our bones, so scared to be alone” – Sam Beam (Iron and Wine)
This lyric exposes all of our feelings of vulnerability with so few words.
At which place would you love to play a concert?
Somewhere remote. Maybe a mountain village in the Swiss Alps – Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, Gimmewald – in winter. A fireside performance with friends.