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"Bright Archer's dizzying new LP Hidden Systems harkens back to [Joni] Mitchell's untouchable 1969-75 run (Clouds through The Hissing of Summer Lawns), but sans the vintage nostalgia of that fabled era. Kunin's earnest vocals and simple yet subtly elaborate song structure portray an artist at her creative peak." Portland Mercury
"It’s hard to not make comparisons to Kate Bush when I hear her gorgeous voice, as sharp and clear as it is breathy and beatific. Not to mention the other-worldly atmospheres she creates as her songs that build in both scope and beauty and makes it hard to place her compositions in any specific genre or time continuum. Full of wide-eyed splendor and sparkling with a fresh, fertile spirit, Bright Archer’s Hidden Systems is a summer must." My Old Kentucky Blog
"Johanna creates vignettes from her piano and her beautifully trained breathy voice, all the more visceral for its seemingly simple construction." The Owl Mag
"There is a definite original quality in Kunin’s lyrics that is among the most alluring aspects of Hidden Systems, as she wields her ambiguous words with devastating effect." Stereo Subversion
"Trained in opera as a child, jazz in college, a current member of a number of bands around...Portland and finally taking her talents solo, Johanna Kunin has arrived breathy folk in tact." RCRD LBL
"Hidden Systems refuses easy, emotionally exploitative chord progressions for something a bit more ambiguous and challenging—a testament to both Kunin’s songwriting and Norwood’s studio prowess." Willamette Week
released July 5, 2011
Produced by Johanna Kunin and Skyler Norwood. Recorded by Skyler Norwood at Miracle Lake Studios in Camas, WA; except piano, recorded by Eric Eagle at The Other Room in Seattle, WA. Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora in Portland, OR. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, IL. All songs written by Johanna Kunin (Bear Island Music, BMI).
Johanna Kunin - Vocals, Piano, Flute, Keyboards, Vibraphone (8)
Thomas Ruble - Clarinet (5, 7, 10, 11)
Victor P. Nash - Trumpet (3, 8), French Horn (4, 5, 8), Vibraphone (2, 3, 4)
Jeremy Hadley - Guitar (5, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Paris Hurley - Violin (1, 4, 6, 8, 9)
Amanda Lawrence - Viola (1, 5, 6, 8, 9), Cello (1)
Michael Burton - Flute (7)
Andrew Means - Bass (all except 2 and 7), Guitar (7)
Dave Depper - Bass (2)
Eric Eagle - Drums (1, 6, 9, 10, 11)
Amanda Spring - Drums (4, 5), Hi-hat (1), Backing vocals (7), Bass (7)
Skyler Norwood - Drums (2, 3, 8)
Johanna wholeheartedly would like to thank Jeremy, Skyler, Andrew, Thomas, Victor P, Amanda S., Paris, Eric, Amanda L., Michael, Dave, Matt Berger, Steve, Beth, Tucker, Carl, Jack, Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb, Timothy Gregory, Gregory Ray, Karl, Clyde, Eroyn, Kodee, PJ Barkle Sparkles, the many kind and generous donors that made this album's release possible, and of course her ever-loving family.