Johanna Warren Numun on LP + Download
Johanna Warren is a songwriter based in Portland, Oregon. Her new album, Numun, will be released worldwide on Team Love Records in May 2015. In Johanna’s words, “This album is dedicated to the moon: by honoring her phases, I am restoring balance to my body and making peace with the cycles of all natural things; and to the divine feminine: by collectively cultivating her, may we restore balance to our world.”
Although Warren has lent her vocal talents to artists like Natalie Merchant and Iron & Wine, she identifies primarily as a songwriter. An intuitively self-taught guitarist, she channels powerful songs in weird time signatures and melancholic open tunings, weaving adept finger-picking with acrobatic vocal lines and carefully crafted poetry, in reverence of her patron songwriting saints Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake.
She offers up delicate manipulations within the world of Numun, an oceanic voyage from dark to light and back that is rich in sensual language, riveting self-reflective candor and surreal sonic landscapes (created entirely with acoustic instruments and found objects played by Johanna and her engineer Bella Blasko in an empty apartment unit). However, despite stepping into the role of High Priestess for the sake of creating art and facilitating group experiences, she warns us not to attach to any divisive illusions: “You say I emanate some strange magnetic power, but don’t be drawn to me - I may be here today, but soon black moss will cover over my dead body.”
Whether singing about her own mortality (“Black Moss”), updating the tedium of the party that Patti Smith first told us about (“This Is Why”) or daring one to imagine a world that transcends our notions of “the duality of wrong and right” (“True Colors”), Johanna Warren is a songwriter of daring vision. Her forthcoming album Numun flies into timeless space, focusing our gaze deep into the vastness of the heavens.
Johanna Warren Numun Track Listing:
1. Black Moon
3. True Colors
6. Less Traveled
7. Pin Oaks
8. This is Why
9. Found I Lost
10. The Wheel