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May 05/20/22, 2022
A sense of wonder permeates this album through its acknowledgment of oneself as a part of something greater. John Gregorius finds deep inspiration in the natural surroundings of his home in the Sonoran desert, crafting musical spaces in the spirit of mystery, simplicity, communion, and contemplative thought.

In Awe finds Gregorius taking his trademark ambient guitar sound in new compositional directions, using more verse, chorus and bridge structures to evoke a journey through the desert or along the shoreline. On the track “Light,” Gregorius’ guitar glimmers like the silver crests of sun-kissed waves. On “Here Now,” a yearning hook recurs like a question left unanswered. Wistful acoustic flourishes entwine and disentwine from the melody at the song’s stunning bridge. And beneath, drums – like footsteps in sand – march toward realization. “Open,” finds a subsumed kick drum emboldening movement, adventure, and exploration. Then – as quickly as it comes – the kick drum subsides. It leaves an aural clearing, like stepping through overgrown branches to find a sunlit meadow: a place to stand still and marvel.

All of the songs heard on his newest album on Spotted Peccary Music, In Awe, were written, produced and mixed by Gregorius himself, who plays guitars, keyboards, percussion and developed the drum programming. Sean O’Bryan Smith plays bass on all songs, Mitch Ross plays drums on three songs, Benjamin Fleury-Steiner created the synth bed for Everyday Miracle, and Kim Daniels contributes her wondrous ethereal vocals to three tracks.

Perhaps this music is a gentle reminder to pay attention, and that there is more to life than what can be empirically measured or scientifically observed. There is time to discover these beautiful characteristics emerging from within and slowly transfiguring us. It's hard to slow down and notice things in a busy world. Try to take the time to experience your environment with all of your senses - touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing. Be kind to your wandering mind.

The sonic worlds that Gregorius has created in his imagination are enchanted, not by magic or fantasy, but by an even more startling truth that ultimately cannot easily be put into words - the universe is a love note from God. The title track on the album, "In Awe" (5:28), is a melodic instrumental with ethereal vocals featuring Daniels and the tempo of Ross, who reinterpret the word-free tradition in meaningful and sometimes surprising ways, allowing the listener a space for meditation, contemplation, silence, solitude, stillness, and practicing the idea of universal cycles, such as day and night, to repeatedly restore light and life to a glimmering world.

Gregorius begins all his compositions with a guitar, a looper, and reverb. Each of these rich, immersive pieces was built from this simple foundation, with guitar loops forming much of the album’s background ambience. He recorded most of the album on an Ovation 1867, and a Paul Reed Smith electric tuned in Robert Fripp’s New Standard Tuning. The album features collaborations with vocalist Kim Daniels, bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith, and drummer Mitch Ross, as well as a synth bed from Benjamin Fleury-Steiner on “Everyday Miracle.”

In Awe springs from the idea that everything is miraculous. The result is a joyous blend of acoustic and electric, digital and analog, and – in Gregorius’ words: a “thank you for the beauty around us, and for the deeper purpose we can experience.”

"Spirituality has always been central to my purpose and music. In growing spiritually, I’m finding science and spirituality to be symbiotic and more miraculous with every discovery..." Gregorius continues, "I have no need to defend a specific doctrine anymore, but just celebrate that the same Divine Presence has always been here and available to all."

IN AWE is available in your choice of digital download format, either MP3 (320KBPS), 16-bit DC quality, or 24-bit studio master.

ABOUT JOHN GREGORIUS: Working from his home studio near Tucson, Arizona, guitarist and composer John Gregorius creates his own wonderful blend of guitar based ambient, acoustic, and melodic music that grows naturally out of a search for meaning within life’s mysteries. A master of finger style acoustic and processed electric guitar, Gregorius finds deep inspiration in the natural surroundings of his home in the Sonoran desert, crafting musical spaces in the spirit of mystery, simplicity, communion, and contemplative thought that allow the listener to slow down, feel comfortable, relax and truly appreciate the beauty of life’s often overlooked interludes. In Awe is John Gregorius’ fourth solo release on the Spotted Peccary label. His previous offerings on the label include Full of Life (SPM-1803), Still Voice (SPM-1802), Heaven & Earth (SPM-1801). https://johngregorius.bandcamp.com/album/in-awe

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