“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”
“Utterly heavenly, beautifully balanced, fantastically sparse. New album ‘I’ll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes’ is a striking piece of work”
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“His debut mini-album has a rustic psych-blues flavour, like those British singers at the start of the Seventies who wanted to play folk but had absorbed so much LSD it came out sounding unlike what had come before.”
His debut release the Mini Album ‘I’ll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes’ via Faith & Industry was released on 26th January 2018.
The eight tracks trace a line between devotional music of east and west.
He is “inspired by and aspires to approach the spirit of the (to me) anonymous musicians I hear in folk field recordings from around the world, in classical Indian dhrupad singers, in outsider musicians, in the hissing cassette recordings of the underground electric guitarists of NW Africa and so on. And I sometimes use ‘non-Western’ scales and tunings for two reasons: firstly I find them to be effective ways to enter different states of mind and trance states, and secondly because my faith, Eastern Orthodox Christianity (the primal form of Christianity), is an Oriental one. And so for me it feels right and fitting that I should sometimes use Oriental scales when I make my devotional music”.
Almost like a series of manipulated field recordings that have an ancient, ritualistic quality, Goatherder shimmers with Balearic strangeness, rooted in an earthy outer-national dance music tradition.
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