Emptyself

Emptyself

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Emptyself is hauntingly beautiful music from artist/producer Eric Johanson, featuring lush acoustic and electric guitars, trip-hop and industrial beats, and intelligent, visionary lyrics.

Biography

Emptyself is hauntingly beautiful music from artist/producer Eric Johanson, featuring lush acoustic and electric guitars, trip-hop and industrial beats, and intelligent, visionary lyrics. Fans of Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Portishead, Massive Attack, and Zero 7 should give Emptyself a listen. Emptyself's self-titled debut CD is now available from Emptyself.com.

Eric began playing guitar at age 5, and was recording his own guitar-laden rock songs by the age of 12. By 13 he was assisting in a commercial recording studio, already beginning to learn the production techniques that would ultimately lead to the intense sonic atmosphere of Emptyself's music.

At about 13, Eric began sitting in at local blues clubs in Louisiana as a way to play live with older and better musicians. Before long he was spending his weekends touring clubs and festivals in the Southeastern US, becoming a regular attraction on Memphis' Beale St. as a scorching young blues guitarist.

"[Eric] has a real chance of filling the void created by the untimely death of Stevie Ray. It may not be too bold to say that he even may be another Jimi Hendrix. Eric plays with an inventiveness and creativity... He is simply amazing." - Ned Theall, New Orleans- Times Music Magazine (Published in 1999, when Eric was 17.)

As he neared the end of high school, Eric began to feel limited by the role of "blues guitarist". Not only did he want to explore more complex musical structures, but also began writing lyrics to deal with personal, political, and philosophical issues. He broke away from his blues gigs, moved to New Orleans (August 1999), and returned to writing music with a guitar and a keyboard sequencer. This would eventually spawn Cire, the progressive rock band that released 3 albums, gaining an international cult following that continues to grow.

Eric's songwriting began to take new directions in the summer of 2004, away from the standard rock-band format, and toward a more intimate and conceptual sound. He began experimenting with the open palette of sampling and synthesis to tastefully compliment the guitar/vocal-based songwriting, to create a sound beyond anything he'd done before. This new project, both defying normal genre classification and yet strangely accessible at the same time, became Emptyself. Johanson seamlessly blends modern electronic production with soulful musicianship and powerful songwriting to create a sound that is truly unique.

Despite its unique character, Eric had long wished to leave New Orleans, and in an ironic twist of fate Hurricane Katrina flooded his uninsured apartment/studio in August 2005, destroying all of his instruments and leaving him with nothing but a suitcase. Faced with the devastating but liberating task of starting over, Eric decided to move to Auckland, New Zealand. Eric now lives on the fringes of the Waitakere Ranges, and is currently writing and recording new Emptyself material while being inspired by the land of the long white cloud.

Lyrics

Doll Faced Vulture

Written By: Eric Johanson (Emptyself)

little princess, with no need for empathy when we will gather at your feet to give you anything you need, and feel privileged just to have you hang around so we can look you up and down and wait for you to turn around and maybe notice all the things we have inside, things that you pretend to provide to get yourself around in life.

so, sorry to get in your way. it seems that i forgot my place... a means to your superficial ends. here, let me scratch your back again, sweetie.

little princess, how could i be any use? might i assist with your abuse, and whatever else you choose? good thing you're pretty, or else you'd be no good to me, your fake concern is rather weak... i hear an echo when you speak, but it's ok... manipulate me all you need, for we are all your currency... even your spite is flattering.

little doll faced vulture, circling round... captivating as i lay on the ground waiting for you to come swooping down to feast on my weakness and move on through the crowd.

Liberated

Written By: Eric Johanson (Emptyself)

too unquestioning to see anything. find a way to run away from your own sight. always trusting in anyone who holds a gun at anything that you hate, because you can't bear to relate.

do they believe their own lies? does it help them sleep at night? is it easier when you never have to fight to know that this is right?

try for one week to not eat. hear bombs go off down the street. watch people die at your feet. hear children cry as they bleed. try to ignore the hatred. try to feel liberated. don't you feel liberated now?

after all this time you think we'd now know, every time you're told not to question you should do so.

... and they will fall. mark my words.

The Way To Crash

Written By: Eric Johanson (Emptyself)

i awake with a new sense of restless desire for the things i can't have without crossing a line, and it kills me to know that i'd trade this sickness over the truth of you...

and it seems we would come to appreciate all the things that stay with us everyday, but we only see what moves, and i can't help but notice this new view.

maybe no one will understand me like you could, but i need more than to be understood. the way to crash is to stay in the same direction for good.

there's a thirst and a rat with a leech on its back that was made to attain what can't be sustained, and the feelings decay, but the hunger remains, and it drives me to my grave.

maybe no one will understand me like you could, but i need more than to be understood. the way to crash is to stay in the same direction for good.

Discography

Emptyself [self titled] 2005, Genome Records