Release date: 12th April 2010
“’Change is good, change is good’ is something I mutter to myself when everything is going wrong. But I like how the repetition reveals panic.” An exquisite call to arms from harpist, Serafina Steer.
Co-produced by Capitol K and Benge with a number of guest appearances including Mercury nominees Seb Rochford (drums) and Emma Smith (violin), ‘change is good change is good’ is a filigree song scrapbook. Serafina traces finely drawn characters and stories; a mini kitchen sink drama, a ghoulish highwayman or a girl falling down a well. Born of difficulty but full of grace and beauty; a plaintive English voice finds a line of best fit through untimely obstacles.
Half way through recording this album, after the initial band had disbanded, Serafina’s harp was stolen in the middle of the night, as the ‘Delia Derbyshire meets Arthur Russell’ style textures testify. Ethereal yet intimate songs like ‘How To Haunt a House Party’, ‘Shut Up Shop’, 'Ulular' and a setting of Raymond Carver’s ‘Drinking While Driving’ are constructed of analogue synths, drum machines and homemade lyres. Needs must as the devil and Serafina drove.
Serafina has toured through the UK, Europe and Japan variously with or in Patrick Wolf, Chrome Hoof, Anthony and the Johnsons, David Grubbs, Tara Jane O´Neil, Polar Bear.