The Portland singer/songwriter forges new ground with her latest album, Dangerous Fruit, which reveals songs that artfully combine ambient indie pop, trip hop, folk and soul.

Portland's Stephanie Schneiderman returns to Ashland on Saturday, playing material from her new album, Dangerous Fruit at Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar.

Schneiderman's partnership with prolific Northwest electronic producer/DJ Keith Schreiner reveals songs that artfully combine ambient indie pop, trip hop, folk and soul.

The trio — which also includes Rich Landar (Richmond Fontaine, King Black Acid) — is hitting the West Coast for the second time since its underground and digital release in November 2008. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Capturing the fans of Goldfrapp, Feist, Suzanne Vega and Beth Orton, Stephanie has been featured on programs such as Oregon Public Broadcasting's "In House" and "Oxygen," the first single, has been added to Triple A stations around the country.

Dangerous Fruit retains the rootsy flair, distinctive vocals and intricate songwriting that have solidified Stephanie Schneiderman as a premier Northwest performing songwriter, while marking new territory inherent in each of her five CDs to date.

Many will also recognize her work with Portland favorite Dirty Martini, the all female trio managed by Gang of Four's Dave Allen.

The catalyst for this adventurous new direction is her alliance with Schreiner, one of the most highly regarded electronic musicians, producers and DJs in the Northwest. Known for his work with Dahlia, Auditory Sculpture and Suckapunch, his resume with Grammy-winning artists Jeff Trott, Sheryl Crow, and Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre's and Eminem's producer) speaks for itself.

"Recording with Keith was unique for me in so many ways," Schneiderman said. "I was willing to let go and experiment with different textures against my songwriting and what surprised me the most is how organically the sounds fit the songs. The lyrics became more interesting, the melodies more soulful, and the songs more evocative."

The duo made fast friends in the studio, deconstructing nearly all of Schneiderman's tunes, only to mold, stretch and pull until the right home was found for each.

"Not many artists would allow a producer to take them on this kind of ride," said Schreiner, "but Stephanie was down to roll with all of it. Because of that I think we ended up with something that has upped the ante for singer/songwriters, showing what they can do with their songs when they look outside the box and use the studio as an instrument for creation instead of a place merely to record their songs."

Listen to some new tracks from Dangerous Fruit at myspace.com/stephanieschneiderman.