Photo by Philip Randall
There's a lot of genre blurring going on in music now, and that's quite apparent in the latest from Johanna Warren. "I'd Be Orange" would have been considered alternative back in the 1990's and probably have ended up in the Buzz Bin, but these days it sounds a lot more pop than alternative. That being said, "I'd Be Orange" is definitely a rock song in the singer/songwriter model. It's reminding me a lot of the middle ground between early lo-fi Liz Phair and her more pop work, but a rootsy version of that. Warren has crafted this great song with a rock edge, a pop sheen, and some roots to ground it all.
According to Johanna Warren, her latest song is "... “about martyrdom and masochism in pop culture and the quest for stardom. The only thing we love more than building up an icon is watching them fall—and yet, as an aspiring icon, even when you know that, there’s still this perverse desire to be one of the chosen ones who gets pinned to the cross and set ablaze.”
You can watch the video for "I'd Be Orange" below. Lessons for Mutants is due out October 7 on Wax Nine/Carpark Records, and can be pre-ordered/pre-saved here. For more on Johanna Warren, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.