• john johanna I'll Be Ready When the Great Day Comes (LP, £14.25)

    “Something that sits between the Incredible String Band and Timber Timbre... one’s gut feeling is Johanna’s a talent that's only just getting started” The Quietus. Debut vinyl release. Virgin vinyl. Initial limited run of 200 copies. Non-Returnable. Artwork illustration by Chris Bianchi (Le Gun / Bare Bones) A3 250gsm poster print, folded over in clear liner. John Johanna's eclectic output uses psychedelia and oriental tonalities, primal gospel blues and folk - among other ingredients - to create a body of diverse yet coherent devotional music. A singer and multi-instrumentalist who works on cassette and reel to reel tape at his home in rural Norfolk, and with Kristian Craig Robinson (Capitol K) at Total Refreshment Centre in London, his songs are informed by the mystical cosmology of the Eastern Orthodox Church. This release draws from a range of John Johanna pieces gathering four re-mastered tracks that previously appeared on a cassette tape run and four new tunes. Introducing a incredible gifted singer and player, leaning in part to the acoustic and dark balladeer aspect of his music, whilst drum machine and blues pieces hint at what’s to come in the future. Bound is a most personal piece written with a deceased friend in mind recalls discussions on Greek mythology of Prometheus. Rock My Soul is an adaptation of traditional words from blues gospel lineage. Knowledge And Power, Nathaniel is a Raga. The I’ll be ready when the great day comes track itself has a full live band accompaniment. World Unknown's words come from Isaac Watts 1700’s hymn writer and theologian. (A lot of John Johanna’s material takes its cue and shares from a rich tradition of mystical spiritualist music, words and motifs). Characteristically appearing live accompanied with a four track tape deck his incredible voice and simple raw guitar style always recall the pure mysticism his music wishes to convey. In the last year he’s played sets at End Of The Road Festival, a multitude of support slots with label mates Blue House, and Super Best Friends Club amongst others. TRACKLIST 1 Fold In The Light 2 I'll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes 3 Rock My Soul 4 Cockleshell Laye 5 World Unknown 6 Knowledge and Power, Nathaniel 7 Maranatha 8 Bound

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