Preview: WL + Johanna Warren Double Release Celebration

Two of portland’s most laudable and unique musical acts, WL and Johanna Warren, will share Holocene’s stage Wednesday night (9/21) for a double release extravaganza.

Headlining the night, ambient experimentalists WL will unveil a brand new video for the tune “Mercury,” which will be the fifth ocular presentation from their forthcoming visual album Light Years, out October 28 on XRAY Records. Judging from the diversely creative mastery presented in the four previously debuted videos from Light Years, it’s safe to assume their new video will be crafted with similar artistic intellect, intertwining lyrical themes with both physical and otherworldly representations.

Back with her third full-length offering, ethereal singer-songwriter Johanna Warren will celebrate the release of Gemini I, which is the first half of a set of “twin” albums that explore both the blessings and curses of romantic love. This will also be Warren’s first release on her own newly formed label, Spirit House Records, a femme-powered label with the aim to elevate femme, queer and non-binary voices in a male dominated industry – a mission that we can (and should) all get behind. The first single to debut from Gemini I, “Hungry Ghost” earned itself the title of Best Song of the Week from Stereogum last month, and the second single, “circlenot astraight,” which premiered on Consequence of Sound is said to have been co-written by a ghost which she had an encounter with. We could not be more thrilled to hear the album in it’s entirety let alone have her grace our stage.

Join us on 9/21 for this important celebration of badass women and incredible, new Portland music. Joining WL and Johanna Warren for the night are Ilyas Ahmed + Jonathan Sielaff (of Golden Retriever / Dreamboat), dance by Kya Bliss and DJ Jen-O (Strange Babes / The Ghost Ease).