Stephen Johnson | Crystalline

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by Stephen Johnson

Alternative world semi acoustic folk with sung lyrics and narratives, cutting right to the core of contemporary global experiences and moods. Innovative rhythm and sound texturing.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Independence Here
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2. I Call You
6:34 $0.99
3. Strangedays
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4. Love and Soul
5:29 $0.99
5. Where in the World
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6. Port of Departure
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7. Turn
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8. Essence of Nardo
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Stephen Johnson: Guitars, percussion & Vocal; a native of Lichfield in Staffordshire UK and 18 years in New York, recently moved to Cork Ireland and after two years returned to Woodstock NY. Stephen co-founded Victorian Parents, Son of John, Island of Men and Lucky Mission. As a recording artist on Polydor records in the eighties, he appeared on BBC TV Old grey whistle test: and John Peel radio review sessions. Stephen has taken on the influences of Brazilian and Irish music within his music projects, “this is new music to unite and inspire social justice, love and soul” Performing and recording with processed acoustic Balalaika, nylon string guitars, exotic percussion and vocals, Stephen is collaborating with musicians in Ireland and New York but also with ‘Movita Dance Theatre’ He continues to research music score for modern & contemporary dance, and visual artists.



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Impressive World Folk CD from a Talented Singer/Songwriter
“Crystalline” is a world folk album from talented singer/songwriter Stephen Johnson. Johnson draws from a number of world genres with this album, including Irish and Brazilian music. His sound is unique and he incorporates several rare traditional instruments such as the balalaika, an acoustic instrument of Russian origin, throughout the album. Johnson’s vocal performance is comparable to Peter Gabriel, Seal. and Sting. Although, the words he vocalizes is what makes him stand out. “Crystalline” is full of strong lyrics and Johnson delivers them in true storytelling fashion, in a musical narrative, about the issues and aspects of the world he finds most important. The arrangements are all solid as well and show Johnson’s talent as a musician. The production quality is also very good, clean and professional sounding. “I Call You” has a nice vocal opening, a good simple arrangement, and captivating lyrics. “Essence of Nardo” closes the album out with a soulful number with a Latin flair, incorporation of the balalaika, and a spoken word vocal. With “Crytalline,” Stephen Johnson delivers eight solid tracks with great world-inspired arrangements and a strong narrative lyrical style. Fans of world folk and strong singer/songwriters, give Stephen Johnson a listen.