Sound & Vision with Johanna Samuels

Released through the ever wonderful Basin Rock label, Johanna Samuels’ new EP, Have a Good One, was the perfect introduction to the 27 year old, LA based songwriter.

To follow up its release, Johanna will be over in the UK for dates in August:

18th Aug –  Brecon Beacons, Green Man Festival

22nd Aug – Halifax, The Graystone Unity

23rd Aug – Birkenhead, Future Yard Festival

25th Aug – Todmorden, The Golden Lion – matinee

28th Aug – London. The Waiting Room

31st Aug – Manchester, The Castle

1st Sept – Glasgow, Poetry Club

These are her Sound & Vision choices:

Three of my favourite albums:

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye –

I think it’s one of the most beautiful, cohesive concept records ever recorded. I love that Marvin got flack from Motown for saying something risky and beautiful and he said it anyway.

Figure 8 by Elliott Smith –

It came to me at a very impacting time in my life. It’s a masterpiece.

A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles –

The first chord changed my ears permanently and made me who I am today.

One favourite film:

Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders –

There’s a monologue in this movie that broke my heart wide open and has stuck with me ever since. Ry Cooder score never hurt anyone.

One favourite book:

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach really changed me. She’s an amazing therapist and practitioner. Worth many reads.

One song that’s important to me:

Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks –

Always there to help me keep my chin up when I feel alone.

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