The Patience of Glaciers

by John Goraj

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released October 13, 2017

Recorded by John Goraj throughout several months in 2016 at home studio in Pasadena, California.

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Praise for "The Patience of Glaciers."

"Whereas many of his contemporaries are known for their more anthemic and bombastic evolutions of folk music, John Goraj settles into the pocket of the soft-spoken, emotive, and contemplative. The tracks spread throughout his upcoming EP, The Patience of Glaciers, are layered, roots-laden tunes reflective of the life their writer has lived.

"Birds of Paradise", for instance, is a reflection on the closure that Goraj's successful battle to become sober 14 years ago brought to him. The South Dakota-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter's delicate vocals act as the centerpiece that brings elaborate finger-picking and soft, reverb-tinged strings together."

- Jonathan Frahm, PopMatters

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“A South Dakota native based in L.A., Goraj takes cues from indie-folk icons including Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, and The Patience of Glaciers seamlessly combines his inspirations and skill as a songwriter. The four track EP is propelled by delicate acoustic guitars and airy, winding vocal melodies that channel the lush landscape of the Pacific coast. On his new single “White Horse Lake” delicate fingerpicked guitar provides a foundation for Goraj’s captivating vocal melodies as he sings the song’s hopeful refrain, “There’s no fight to fight.”

Kelly Murphy- Indie Minded

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All songs written by John Goraj.

Instrumentalists:
John Goraj: Vocals, guitars
Pete Chalmers: Electric guitar, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin
Aaron Frankl: Bass on "Birds of Paradise."
Mixed by Felipe Delgadillo and John Goraj at All Welcome Records
Mastered by Felipe Delgadillo at All Welcome Records, Inglewood, California.

Album artwork- "Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga" by Ivan Bilibin.1898. From the Russian children's book, Vasilisa the Beautiful" written by Alexander Afanasyev.

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John Goraj Tucson, Arizona

John Goraj is a American songwriter. Goraj draws inspiration from a deep and diverse well of philosophy, ecology and western landscapes on this new work. "The Patience of Glaciers" is an allusion-filled rumination on growing up in South Dakota, marriage, the birth of his son and the intersection of religious mysticism and natural history. ... more

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Track Name: birds of paradise
I remember the day
when i came home
everything rearranged
my new skin glowing
just to ride my bike
through the cemetery
just to ride my bike
in april
in april

all my bedspreads were changed
the walls painted green
all mistakes are erased
in the birth of a day
oh the immensity
within a being
oh the immensity
of spring
in april


you were new and ripening
before i knew you
walk to work in hospitals
near bodies of water
oh the lavender blooms
the colors of your heart
oh the birds of paradise
in april
in april


we were made from things
that tear
we were born in the blink
of an eyelash
oh the profundity
of life in each other
oh the profundity
of life
in april
Track Name: gitchie
we slept through most of the winter
we were much younger than before
let’s go knee deep in the snow
February is made for this
I think my car can make it
let's meet on 26th and Cliff

let's go out to Gitchie
let's go to Palisades
let's go to Great Bear
let's go anywhere

and i saw the ghost of Jesse
on that bridge over the gully
let's go out to Gitchie
let's go anywhere

let's go anywhere
let's go anywhere

we dreamt of horses in the heather
we were much more intrepid than before
I saw a bloodhound scenting the boulder
let us seek all of the lonely places
that's where the real transformation happens
let us reach deep beneath our faces

let's go out to Gitchie
let's go to Palisades
let's go to Great Bear
let's go anywhere

and i saw the ghost of Jesse
on that bridge over the gully
let's go out to Gitchie
let's go anywhere

let's go anywhere
let's go anywhere….
Track Name: white horse lake
up in White Horse Lake
we swam in the dark
and caught some rainbow trout
you should've seen
the joy in her heart

and down on the Indian trails
my sisters got scared and lost
but my dad found them
underneath the oak trees and moss

and maybe there's no reason
to fight
and baby
we're alright

out past Gavin's Point
at the lookout in july
i saw and felt
the holy spirit come alive

just north of Brainerd
we got drunk and lied
the next morning
we're full of shame
with nowhere to hide

and maybe
there's no fight to fight
and baby
we're alright

beneath the escarpment
the Carmelite was crying
on Christmas eve

and i was in the hinterlands
hunting for the things
hunters seek

and can someone
get a hold
of the iconographer?

just to capture
these mystics
shrouded in the conifers

and maybe
there's no fight to fight
and baby were alright

up in White Horse Lake
we swam in the dark
and caught some rainbow trout
you should've seen
the joy in her heart
Track Name: adventheart
I’m wrapped in purple vestments
I’m an adventheart waiting
the wreaths around her wrists
are weighty and burdensome
we’re singing ancient songs and weeping
in the wilderness
it’s so cold out here
but we’re adventhearts
with the patience of glaciers

I’m nascent in my being
I’m the lenten one, waiting for flames
the branches on her breasts
are budding in a burning love
the smallest one awaits us quietly
in the teal and turquoise tundra
it’s so heavy here
but we’re adventhearts
with the patience of glaciers

and i see cosmos in your eyes
magellanic clouds in your eyes

im wrapped in purple vestments
i’m an adventheart waiting…..

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