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JOHN MATHIAS
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JOHN MATHIAS I love the way you used your voice in Inreverse. Good luck with your European tour. Hope to see you in the UK.
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nate Whenever this album was announced, I was really hyped for it, as Johanna Warren's last three albums have all been amazing, and I've loved each and every one of them! Her style and voice are so unique and I haven't heard anything like it! One of the best albums I've had the pleasure of listening to, for sure! Favorite track: Boundaries.
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niteflights This album has been with me through a heavy transition, gathering wild water from the kettle moraine and healing grief. There is no better soundtrack. Favorite track: Cause or Effect.
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Magic Fred Sometimes reminiscent of Cocteau Twiins's voice. Hypnotic dark folk wonderfully arranged. Sounds more like a Scorpio music than Gemini.
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    Gemini I & Gemini II on black vinyl with 4-panel gatefold artwork and printed sleeves with lyrics and gorgeous photos by Gretchen Heinel

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released February 16, 2018

All songs by Johanna Warren
Recorded and mixed by Bella Blasko
Co-produced by Bella Blasko & Johanna Warren
Mastered by Sarah Register

Johanna Warren - Vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, flute, harmonium, mellotron, vibes, synths
Bella Blasko - Vocals, piano, organ, mellotron, synths
Jim Bertini - Drums & percussion on Track 6 and 9
Eli Walker - Bass on Track 6
Chris St. Hilaire - Percussion on Track 9
Jane Scarpantoni - Cello on Track 9

Additional tracking by Jim Bertini and Eli Walker at Galaxy Smith in NYC

Album photos by Gretchen Heinel

Gratitude to my family, JP, Jerry Marotta, Jason Webley, D. James Goodwin, Bella Blasko, Jim Bertini, Eli Walker, Chris St. Hilaire, Gretchen Heinel, Jeff Johnson, Jordan Tetewsky, and Spirit House

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Track Name: Hopelessness Has Done Nothing For Me
Hopelessness Has Done Nothing For Me

You like the warmth of the summer nights,
But you can’t escape the call of the winter rain
And I try to keep the light burning bright
But can’t turn away from the pleasure of my pain

How can you be sorry when you don’t even know what you did?
You can take your stories to hell, I’ve got nothing left to give

No no no it’s happening again
You opened up your heart
And let somebody in
Now you’ve got a stranger in your home
You could kick him out
But then you would be alone

Turn back the clock, see the time we lost
Make a different choice and watch the whole picture change
Learn that to hear is to have a voice
We could have it all if we just get out of the way

How can you move forward when you don’t even know where you’ve been?
Hopelessness has done nothing for me
I want this thing to live

Well here we are, it’s happening again
You opened up your heart and let somebody in
Now you’ve got a stranger in your home
Might as well sit down and try to get to know him
Track Name: Say You Do
Say You Do

Well that happened, what did I tell you?
Words don’t always make things right
You had the power to turn it around
Now you’re tossing and turning all night

Don’t you know who you are?
I’m amazed you’ve made it this far
Why do you think all these things happen to you?
When do you think you’ll start doing the things you say you do?

Well now that’s over I guess you were right
What’s the point of being nice?
Some things just don’t work out
So go ahead, get the fuck out
You don’t have to tell me twice

Don’t you know who I am?
You’re just a little woman
And I’m a big man
I’ve never heard you use that tone with me before
Show some respect, I’ve given you
So much to be grateful for
Track Name: Here to Tell
Here to Tell
–Wait, come back before you go away
–It’s three in the morning, don’t you think it could wait another
day?
–You and I both know I won’t be here for long
I’m here to tell you how to find your way back where you belong
My son, you have a body, it is young and strong
Use it while you have it; you’re gonna miss it when it’s gone
I didn’t know until it was too late
I’m here to tell you so you don’t have to make the same mistake

We fell down from the clouds like frozen water
We crawled out of the sea to build a fire
Then came the rains, the plagues, the holy slaughters
That’s just the price you pay for human desire

–Wait, come back before you go away

–It’s three in the afternoon
I’ve said everything I have to say
Now you know, and it’s not too late
You’re here to tell them so
they don’t make the same mistake
Track Name: Cause or Effect
So you’ve never been in love
Maybe that’s the reason you were born with an older brother
Who says he hates your guts
My head’s so full of clutter

Well I can see you’re feeling blue
Maybe that’s the reason all your friends are outside smoking
And you got nothing else to do
Yr phone is broken

And my heart is sinking fast
Maybe that’s the reason that you have two hands to hold it
But I knew it would never last
No matter what we called it

When I saw you
All my own prophecies came true
Just like you said

Now we’re off the beaten path
Maybe that’s the reason that the drugs took all our money
And I couldn’t help but laugh
When you said you want me

And the dogs are on the floor
Maybe that’s because they know it’s good to stay grounded
I saw you searching for the door
Said you felt surrounded

By what you’re not
Well was that real, or what you thought
Cause or effect?
Track Name: inreverse
I had something to say
Too bad you turned away

Was it all my fault?
Could you not see?
I was terrified of what I knew I could be

Heartbreak paid by the hour
I made mistakes
Gave you my power

But it’ll be alright
It’ll be alright, I swear
I believe nothing is beyond repair

Who hurt whom worse?
Some stories make more sense read in reverse
But which one came first?
I was your blessing and I was your curse

You sly, two-headed beast
What do you need to be released?

Could you hear my cry?
Could you not see?
I was terrified of what I knew I could be
Track Name: Boundaries
I never really believed you were mine
Even though that’s how we’re told to define love
Love does not seek to control or confine
Even though that’s more than I can say of mine

But maybe we just need a little more time
To sit back and watch these knots unwind
You know everyone’s scared they’re losing their minds
But if you open your eyes, they’re easy enough to find
Too bad we’re so fucking stoked to be blind

I can’t seem to shake what you said
And I don’t feel safe in my head
I will be raised from the depths
Of my sorrows, at least when I’m dead

Mother, forgive me, I’m lost
But I’ll find my way home, whatever the cost
I’ll lay down my weapons and crawl
My way back over all the boundaries I’ve crossed

Well I know it’s hard to loosen your grip
But try to see you’re hanging on to a sinking ship
No matter what, just remember to breathe
‘Cause I believe we got a few cards up our sleeve

Everything is a part of the whole
So don’t let the black hole in you take control
And everything has a reason to be,
So don’t believe it when they tell you you’re not free
And it’s you pitted against me

I can’t seem to shake what you said
And I don’t feel safe in my head
I will be raised from the depths
Of my sorrows, at least when I’m dead

Mother, forgive me, I’m lost
But I’ll find my way home, whatever the cost
I’ll lay down my weapons and crawl
My way back over all the boundaries I’ve crossed
Track Name: Cleansed By Fire
We, two as one
Reached for the sun
Well, we tried
But that look in your eyes
Made me blind
So what if I didn’t mind?

Here, safe at last
We, too, shall pass
Time moves slow
I’ve got nowhere to go
You still don’t know
So what if I told you so?
So what if you told me so?

Wake from your dream
There’s more to see
Don’t deny
What we saw in the sky
Cleansed by fire
So what if I am a liar?
Track Name: Mine to Take
Don’t try to tie me down
I’m in love with everyone
I’ve run off, I’ve stuck around
I’ll be older when I’m done

Make a home in the movement inside you
Where you can go when there’s nowhere to hide
It’s a long way down to the bottom
Of this slippery spiral slide

I can recognize it’s a habit
That I would like to break
But I don’t even know if you have it
Or if it’s mine to take

Don’t try to answer my prayers
I don’t pray to anyone
Go shed a few more layers
You’ll feel lighter when you’re done

Find a friend in the chaos inside you
Who’ll understand when there’s nowhere to turn
Find the meaning in all of the madness
There is a thing or two you might learn

I can register the words you’re saying
But I might not agree
I don’t need to know what chords you’re playing
To know what’s out of key
Track Name: Was it Heaven
Here is my bed
I’ve made it, too
I lost sight of me
While I was looking at you

Where is the love
In which we fell?
Was it Heaven,
Or the bottom of a well?

You met my heart
With such disdain
Your beautiful face
Won’t make me forget that pain

Your angel mask
You wear it well
Even you fall prey
To its powerful spell

With you I was
Infinitely lost

How do you stand
The damp of your prison cell?
You’re so dead inside,
Bet you can’t even tell

Your heavy heart
Tipped all my scales
I tried hard to lighten you
But to no avail

With you I was
Infinitely lost

I bought the dream
You came to sell
Was it Heaven,
Or just our own private hell?

Now in the ranks
Of mortal men
Mend your broken wings
I hope you’ll fly again

With you I was
Infinitely lost
With you I was
Infinite.

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