Sun Riah is the name of native Oklahoman experimental harpist/songwriter M. Bailey Stephenson's project. We released her third album Sitting With Sounds and Listening for Ghosts on July 21, 2017.
Named one of Paste Magazine’s “five harpists who nail experimental pop music,” she sings and drums into her harp and layers simple melodies into a dreamy breeze of sound. Sun Riah’s voice wanders a broad swath between Julianna Barwick and Kate Bush and her music is not entirely unlike her freak-folk predecessors Joanna Newsom and Coco Rosie.
“There’s a lot of different layers of storytelling on this album,” recounts Stephenson, “but what inspired me to write it was losing somebody in my family and realizing that my relationship to this particular place was going to change dramatically.”
Album stream/feature with GoldFlakePaint
Video premiere with For the Rabbits
Interview with Hullabaloo
Interview with The Oklahoman
Interview with Anti-Heroin Chic
10.10 Tucson, AZ @ Exploded View (w. Julia Lucille, Karima Walker, Moses Nesh)