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ALBUM REVIEW: You, Me, & a Paper Moon

Our thanks goes out to Geoff at Rock Beat International for his recent review of our newest release, below:

You, Me, & a Paper Moon is the third release by Thirty Steps to Forward, the brother sister duo of Gretchen and Seth Powers. The duo plays in an acoustic based ambient style with Gretchen Powers’ echo-laden vocals backed by atmospheric arrangements that project a brooding and melancholy feeling. The sound is augmented on occasion by mellotron and synthesizers, which add some psychedelic flourishes to the mix.

The album opens with “Bluffing the Moon“, a lovely folk style ballad with Gretchen Powers’ vocal backed by fingerpicked acoustic guitar and synthesized strings. “Ursa Minor” is a dreamy sounding waltz backed by mandolin and piano. The melodic “1932” has a languid groove driven by strummed guitars and a catchy guitar riff. The gorgeous “Ballad of 1882” features an arrangement highlighted by the interplay between guitar and synthesized strings. “Backyard Astronaut” has a catchy refrain and is given a spacey psychedelic feeling by electronic keyboards.

“You, Me, & a Paper Moon” is a strong and heartfelt effort from an act that show lots of promise.” -Geoff Cabin, Rock Beat International

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Album Release: YOU, ME, AND A PAPER MOON

It’s here! 

We’re so over-the-moon excited (pardon our pun, but we couldn’t help ourselves)!

Our new album, “You, Me, and a Paper Moon” has finally arrived and we’re celebrating with some exciting events!  


October 25th, 2018 – Calvin College / Cave Cafe @ 8pm

with special guest: The Jeremy Band

November 4th, 2018 – Shakespeare’s Lower Level @ 8pm

with special guests: The Jeremy Band, Cardboard Highway, & Tambourina

November 5th, 2018 – Live performance and interview on Western Michigan University’s WIDR radio @ 7-8pm

Tune in to hear the on-air performance live, here!

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Stay tuned for more show announcements!

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We’re very excited to announce some exciting new updates, news & goings-on with you:

Firstly, welcome to the new site of Thirty Steps to Forward! We’ve been busy bees updating our online presence with new art and layouts, that’s because we are matching it to our next announcement, being…

we are currently putting the finishing touches on our upcoming album


For those of you who just can’t wait, we’re going to let one of the cats out of the bag, so here’s a little snippet at the album cover:

Twenty-Eighteen has many exciting things in it, we can’t wait to share them with all of you!