Mad Mackerel Recommends… Johanna Warren

Although Johanna 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.

The lovely Figure 8 comes from her new album, nūmūn, out May 19 on Team Love Records.

Have a listen.

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