Sonarchy Radio - Sue Ann Harkey

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Sonarchy Radio recorded June 2014 at Jack Straw Studios Seattle as part of Doug Haires' monumental SONARCHY Radio Show on KEXP.
(Sonarchy Radio is a live performance broadcast that showcases many Northwest artists who are pushing the limits of music.)


The first 3 tracks are Harp-Guitar arrangements of songs first appearing on 'Daytime People' recorded a year earlier. The following 6 tracks are free improvisations. Starting with a prepared 12 string guitar solo, to duet, to trio, to quartets.

Sue Ann Harkey: harp-guitars, prepared 12 string guitar and vocals
Tari Nelson-Zagar: violin
Angelina Baldoz: trumpet, voice and bass
Steve Peters: field recordings

Cover drawing by Cat Jobes


released June 5, 2014

Aired on KEXP November, 17 2014.

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Sue Ann Harkey Seattle, Washington

Seattle - New York - London | free improvisation | prepared guitar | folktronica | weird american | indie | alternative | singer | songs | instrumentals | underground | DIY

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Track Name: Haiku Song (sonarchy)
Haiku song

Well how should I know
This is how families work
Like an insider does

Each day's headlines bring
From the unbearable grief
I run away inside

Shall I live that long
I am growing into them
Always old my hands
Track Name: In Still Air Like This (sonarchy)
In Still Air Like This

In Still Air Like This
You can see the mountain from here

In Still Air Like This
Demolished buildings stand near

In Still Air Like This
Dormant goes the grass

In Still Air Like This
To the sound of broken glass

In Still Air Like This
The spiders grow fat

In Still Air Like This
At dusk the swooping bat

In Still Air Like This
Scents build from their source

In Still Air Like This
Vines stake out their course

In Still Air Like This
Cranes pierce the sky

In Still Air Like This
Let sleeping dogs lie
Track Name: Slow Train To Brighton (sonarchy)
Slow Train To Brighton

Black pool ditches along the tracks
Dimpled ponds gather in clay pastures

Tan among old red brick arches
Back garden’s long salient additions

Grit bins rusty pad lock
CCTV attached to each lamppost platform

Magpie on Magpie scuffles
When in odd numbers

Leaves turning or already past

Silhouetted crow crowned oaks
Against a gossamer sky

Chocked ivy trunks

Poke-o-dot nests

Hedgerows line the contours green plaid

Speeding along backwards
Its grace gives way