#<3

by Johanna Chase

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about

Johanna Chase, a Seattle born singer/songwriter, turns a new page with the amazing vocal performances found on this record. Staying true to her unique and mature songwriting, Johanna departs from her usual acoustic guitar built songs and sings on top of Smoota and Henderson's famous Brooklyn horns and band arranged by Chase and Greenawalt. Noah Peller playing a multitude of instruments, performed alongside Matt Knapil many of the sounds heard throughout the record. Afro-Jersey's Sidike Conde joined the project for "Sister Pico", Chase's song about the women and families that line Los Angeles' Pico Blvd. That song also features Los Angeles/Atlanta MC Damon Turner, also known as Real8.

As Johanna's 6th full length independent release, #<3 shows the songwriters ability to evolve as a singer and genre-defying artist; still hinting at her folk and afro-folk past and welcoming reggae and rock in a new way. As for the lyrical content, Chase noticed on one of the last days of recording that producer Roger Greenawalt had two old car engines in his basement, adding more aesthetic mythos to the process, as over half the lyrics on the album refers to automobiles. Call it forward thinking woman mysticism or the natural feminist residual of a DIY lyricist, Greenawalt's studio used to be a mechanics shop. Greenawalt and Chase met in New York in April 2012 and after slaying a one take go at "Hey Jude", which can still be found on Greenawalt's The Beatles Complete on Ukelele page online, decided to work together. Roger has worked with Nellie McKay, who chase had met and admired in years past. Greenawalt is also known for bringing a young Ben Kweller to his first major record deal and also orchestrating Sophie B. Hopkin's hit, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". Chase brought in bassist and genius musician, Noah Peller from Washington state and longtime collaborator and expert Saxaphonist, Matt Knapil, from Long Beach to further mold the sound of the record. Most of Chase's vocal tracks were captured in 1 or 2 takes while the artist faced New York City's East River.

credits

released 06 March 2013

Executive Producer: johanna Chase
Producer: Roger Greenawalt
All Songs Written by Johanna Chase
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Drums: Johanna Chase
Bass, Cello, Electric Guitar, Keys: Noah Peller
Saxaphone, Keys, Bells: Matt Knapil
Drums: Attis Clompton
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar: Roger Greenawalt
Djembe: Sidike Conde
Spoken Word Performance: Damon Turner
Background Vocals: Gina Chavez
Trombone: Dave Smoota
Barritone Saxaphone: Moist Paula Henderson

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Track Name: Neutral
You just feel the way you feel

And there's no wrong way to go

Everyone knows

Oh, and all you want is to be still

clear your head by yourself

with no one else



Like rolling down a hill

Mirrors and acceleration



Neutral, come find me

Neutral, I wanna be

Neutral, come find me

Neutral



No matter where you go

there's always somewhere else to be

some fantasy will come find you

but if you just look around

everything's coming out the ground

and falling back down it's a cycle



rolling down a hill

years of anticipation



Neutral, come find me

Neutral, I wanna be

Neutral, come find me

Neutral



Be cool when it's low

Be fine when it's high

no matter when you go

there's no perfect starting time

but you always thought there was

now you're looking to find

something so easy, but it's in your mind



You're rolling down some hill

all your expectations

Neutral, come find me

Neutral, I wanna be

Neutral, come find me

Neutral
Track Name: Savina
Savina is a driver in the city

She doesn't care what the boys say

She built her car the year our love died

So that she could always drive away



Drive, Savina, drive

Go find that place you swear you could find

Oooh, now drive, Savina, drive

You'll drive until you die...

You'll die, you'll die, you'll die



Savina picked me up at the station

She drove me down to the bar

You know I begged her to stay with

Needed a mechanic for my heart



Drive, Savina, drive

Go find that place you swear you could find

Oooh, now drive, Savina, drive

You'll drive until you die...

You'll die, you'll die, you'll die



Savina used to hold me like a baby

Whispering infiinty every night

Until one day something jammed our gears

We went spinning like prom night, so




Drive, Savina, drive

Go find that place you swear you could find

Oooh, now drive, Savina, drive

You'll drive until you die...

You'll die, you'll die, you'll die
Track Name: Sister Pico
Bus stop mama
Suits and pajamas
The children are clinging to you, to you
Know you'll see em through, yeah I know you will

Oh, Sister, Sister Pico,
I go wherever you go
Oh, Sister, Sister Pico,
I go wherever you go

Bag lady and writer
Just want to get higher
Under the billboard's shadows, shadows
You're copywriting the ghetto, ghetto, ghetto

Oh, Sister, Sister Pico,
I go wherever you go
Oh, Sister, Sister Pico,
I go wherever you go

Look, can you see her?
Open up open and relieve her
Of the pain and the strain that greets her
No fear to the touch peace be with ya.
She sleeps on a mountain of shame
Thinking 'bout all the things could of changed
in her dreams, but they can't.
Now she's back in her place where invisibility
has no face to her name.
But I see you bright as a morning star.
And I feel you standing right where you are.
You matter as a matter of fact, no matter what the world
says I will kiss every delicate scar.
Sister Pico, you are the backbone that which upholds
that which is unseen felt like pot holes, you felt the potholes
and fill the potholes, Sister...

Oh, Sister, Sister Pico,
I go wherever you go
Oh, Sister, Sister Pico,
I go wherever you go