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Johanna Warren


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    Black Moss
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    Hopelessness Has Done Nothing for Me
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    Cleansed by Fire
  4. 4.
    Here to Tell
  5. 5.
    Let Me Stay
When asked what motivates her to make music, Johanna Warren responds immediately: “Music is vibration; it's a direct way to affect matter.
A song is a way to journey into places of discord and then resolve back into harmony.” The Portland songwriter/multi-instrumentalist constructs complex, gossamer folk compositions that draw from the richness of the human experience and her own unique flavor of mysticism. Her 2015 sophomore album, numun, found its way on to several notable year end lists and led Rolling Stone Magazine to name her a "Songwriter You Need to Know." In 2016 she founded Spirit House Records, a radically artist-friendly label for witches, healers and free spirits.

Her most recent body of work, Gemini I and Gemini II, are moody, bewitching records inspired by a tumultuous "twin flame" relationship with a Gemini man. Every song on Gemini I has a corresponding “twin” on II, linked by melodic motifs, lyrical content or production choices. Rather than the DIY recording setups that Warren and engineer/producer Bella Blasko had used previously, the Geminis were tracked at Dreamland studios in upstate New York. There, equipped with a sudden wealth of instruments and more sophisticated technology, Warren (who arranges and play nearly everything on her records) was free to explore. This spirit of experimentation is evident on the records. The songs retain the hushed warmth of previous releases Fates and nūmūn, while expanding Warren’s sonic landscape in all directions.


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