JOANA SERRAT

Joana Serrat by Joan Alsina

Dripping Springs

Cross The Verge

Cross The Verge, just as its name promises, shows us another side of Joana Serrat, who so enchanted audiences on her 2014 album Dear Great Canyon. On Cross The Verge, her third album, Joana lays bare all the cracks, inconsistencies and fears that come with life, with the album revealing itself to be an especially beautiful tribute to the acknowledgment of loss and the acceptance of the uncertain.

 

To record this album, Joana Serrat travelled from her home in Vic, near Barcelona, to Montreal, Canada to team up with producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, The Barr Brothers) in his analogue studio, The Hotel2Tango. In the recording process Joana was joined by the likes of Gavin Gardiner (The Wooden Sky), Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, City & Colour, Cowboy Junkies) and the acclaimed Canadian auto harpist and vocalist Basia Bulat. Elsewhere, Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) and Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods) joined Joana in two duets from two different approaches; the shimmering pop of Cloudy Heart and the wrought Americana of Black Lake.

 

Howard Bilerman’s approach results in Cross The Verge feeling like a natural progression and a show of real maturity. Her ability to never waste a lyric or syllable where something need be said and never miss an opportunity to breathe life into a song’s darker corners, illustrates her creative growth. Cross The Verge is a beguiling collection of songs that move with great ease between the precious evanescence of Lonely Heart Reverb, Oh, Winter Come or Flags, and the vigorous guitar sound that predominates in Desert Valley, Tug of War, and the moving Black Lake. There’s elegance in the trotting Americana rhythms of Saskatoon (Break of Dawn), I Follow You, Child and the crystalline Cloudy Heart.

 

This year sees a return to Primavera Sound Festival for Joana, with the festival’s El Segell del Primavera label releasing the album in Spain. Loose were quick to sign her up for the rest of the world, thereby providing Joana with her dream home for her unique talents.

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Dripping Springs

Joana Serrat - Dripping Springs

Artist: Joana Serrat

Title: Dripping Springs

Release date: 29 September 2017

Catalogue no.: VJCD237

Formats: CD / heavyweight LP with download / digital

1. Western Cold Wind
2. Lost Battles
3. Trapped In The Fog
4. Unnamed
5. Farewell
6. Shadows Of Time
7. Candles
8. Come Closer
9. The Garden
10. Walk In Sin
11. Keep On Fallin’

Cross The Verge

Joana Serrat - Cross The Verge

Artist: Joana Serrat

Title: Cross The Verge

Release date: 11 March 2016

Catalogue no.: VJCD227

Format: digital, CD and LP

1. Lonely Heart Reverb
2. Saskatoon (Break Of Dawn)
3. Cloudy Heart
4. Flags
5. Desert Valley
6. Lover
7. Oh, Winter Come
8. Tug Of War
9. I Follow You Child
10. Black Lake
11. Solitary Road
12. Cross The Verge
13. Your Gold Could Be Mine
14. Lonely Heart Reverb
15. Saskatoon (Break Of Dawn)
16. Cloudy Heart
17. Flags
18. Desert Valley
19. Lover
20. Oh, Winter Come
21. Tug Of War
22. I Follow You Child
23. Black Lake
24. Solitary Road
25. Cross The Verge
26. Your Gold Could Be Mine

DRIPPING SPRINGS

#41 OFFICIAL ALBUMS CHART SPAIN

“An astonishing live performer, her voice is just beautiful”
LAUREN LAVERNE, BBC 6 MUSIC RECOMMENDS

“It’s hard to explain why you like a record, sometimes it’s just a matter of skin: if it gives you goosebumps, that’s it. In other words a record gets to you when it touches something inside, like a kind of spring that triggers a chain of emotions. An artist either has this or not, but it’s something that can never be forced… But all that would mean nothing if Joana Serrat wasn’t rolling in talent and sensitivity in this album, if she didn’t have “that thing” capable of shaking your spirit.”
9/10
#1 BEST NATIONAL AMERICANA RECORD 2017
MONDO SONORO

“I swooned on first listen and I’m swooning still… She sounds like an alliance of Mazzy Star and Slowdive – now imagine that, and it gets better.”
8/10
AMERICANA UK WRITERS’ BEST ALBUMS OF 2017

“a wide musical vista of contemporary Americana that meanders its way elegantly from start to finish without a misstep, highly recommend you check it out without delay.”
#4 BEAT SURRENDER BEST OF AMERICANA, FOLK & COUNTRY 2017

“Dripping Springs is an atmospheric wonder of dreamy delights… Listening to Joana Serrat is like a sunset in the desert coming to life – there’s bewitching natural beauty in every song.”
#28 HIGHWAY QUEENS TOP 30 FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

TOP MUSIC PICK DECEMBER 2017
ELLE ESPAÑA

“Variously likened to Mojave 3, Neil Young and Mazzy Star, what might be best described as Dream Americana, this is certain to expand her following and bolster her scrapbook of glowing reviews even further.”
FOLK RADIO

“Joana Serrat has done it again, an impeccable piece of work that consecrates, if it was not already, as one of the great references of Country-Folk in these lands, and one that can go up against those on the other side of the Atlantic. In love with Joana Serrat and her songs – it couldn’t be anything less for a talent like his.”
SPOONFUL MAGAZINE

“Serrat’s rich tones are set against dreamy pop/Americana arrangements. Extravagant rock guitar riffs, playful electronica and nostalgic 50s overtones create a soundscape out of which she projects her soulful narrative.”
R2 MAGAZINE

“quieter moments, on tracks such as Farewell and Keep On Fallin’, are as gorgeous as the “eternal sunsets” she sings about.”
8/10
IRISH NEWS

“Big, broad and brooding, it’s like The War on Drugs penning a soundtrack to Fistful of Dollars with vocals from a Rivendell songstress.”
GIG SOUP

“…three different flavors of country stars-in-the-making. I’ll start with Joana Serrat whose excellent new record is a real head-turner. …the album features some cosmic Americana vibes, occasionally turning dreamy and full-on psychedelic with some excellent work from the backing band and some well-placed space-out pedal steel. Check it out!”
JAMBASE

“she continues to show her ability to create melodies with a tremendous hook”
JE NE SAIS POP

“Spanish singer-songwriter Joana Serrat has channeled one of the coolest alt-country vibes.. songs like Western Cold Winds, Lost Battles and Trapped in the Fog encapsulates all the best dreamy twang that the likes of Neil Young and Mojave 3 are best known for.”
POWER OF POP

“Perhaps we’ve all been looking for this for years, the cross between the Cocteau Twins and Joan Baez, made with a distinct personality that extracts the melodious arrangements of 50’s & 60’s Pop with positive results.”
ROOTS HIGHWAY

“melodies that are ethereal and atmospheric …Serrat’s voice is an incredible thing. A stunning softness in places and a powerful vocal in others – she delivers poignant poetry that ties in with the quality of the melodies throughout this album.”
8/10
THINKING LYRICALLY

“An album that immediately demands attention as steel guitar sits alongside breathy vocals and hazy acoustic guitars.”
8/10
SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO

“very intimate but strikingly bold songs”
BUZZ MAGAZINE

“bewitchingly beautiful and interwoven with a loving melancholy”
SOUNDS AND BOOKS

“a true jewel from beginning to end”
MUSICA CRONICA

“her full identity appears with more presence and personality than ever, placed with the same exquisiteness that intensity of her handling of the roots”
RUTA 66

“a delicious trippy country rock album. Gorgeous.”
“seduces with deliciously sultry vocals… Joana Serrat has once again delivered a splendid album that captures the autumn evening”
DE KRENTEN UIT DE POP

“In short, we dig Joana lots.”
COME HERE FLOYD

“A magical songwriter, who seems constantly on the verge of a huge breakthrough, 2019 might just be Joana’s year.”
FOR THE RABBITS

CROSS THE VERGE

“like Mazzy Star guesting on an early Neil Young demo”
MOJO

“An amazing artist, I’m a huge fan – an astonishing voice & I love her songwriting”
LAUREN LAVERNE, BBC 6 MUSIC

“definitive confirmation of her enormous talent”
TOP 10 NATIONAL ALBUMS 2016
EL PAIS

#11 THE MOST OUTSTANDING RECORDS OF 2016
LA VANGUARDIA

“Her soft and genuine voice opens you up to a new world, a world of dreams and smooth and silken atmospheres”
ROLLING STONE FRANCE

“‘The voice of an angel’ is an expression often used by music reviewers but despite it not being on best form owing to tiredness from a hard day of travelling, few could argue that Joana Serrat’s isn’t just that.”
TOO MANY BLOGS

“There are many ways to get away from reality; “Cross The Verge” is one of them. All dawns in “Lonely Heart Reverb” – Joana Serrat puts us in a dream, asking us to walk across an ocean of desires and re-discover with her a place of shadows, deserts and endless echoes.”
#1 TOP NATIONAL ALBUMS 2016
BLISSTOPIC

“fragile, precious and alluring”
DROWNED IN SOUND

“…the spectre of Joanna Newsom hangs heavy on her breathy vocal – evokes the sweeping alt-country of Lambchop. Gorgeous.”
NME

“brooding sonic elegance”
★★★★
THE IRISH TIMES

9/10
MONDO SONORO

“She completely disarms with her hazy delicacy”
EL PERIÓDICO

#1 – BEST ALBUMS OF 2016, LISTENERS’ POLL
iCAT CATALUNYA RADIO

“There can be absolutely no doubt that she is an amazingly talented artist and songwriter.”
SONIC BANDWAGON

“It’s an album that seduces on first listen and has enough depth and variety for repeat visits. Serrat, along with her collaborators, has made a beautiful record.”
8/10
AMERICANA UK

THE BEST NATIONAL RECORDS OF 2016
EL PERIÓDICO CATALUNYA

“Cross The Verge has a slightly intoxicating and sometimes almost mesmerizing effect and does occasionally remind you of albums by Mazzy Star.”
KRENTEN UIT DE POP

“Joana Serrat is undoubtedly a major new talent. Her songs on ‘Cross the Verge’ blend an exquisite ethereal folk with a very modern take on the dreamy shoegaze genre.”
SONIC BANDWAGON

“an extraordinary album”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“A beautiful album to prolong the fires of the summer, once the cold and the rain have returned”
ABUS DANGEREUX

“Her songs are thoughtful, delicate and achingly beautiful.”
LISTOMANIA

“A beautiful, moving and captivating set… Serrat’s ethereal voice filled the room and occupied a space between a Mazzy Star like breathiness and an earthy, deep lustiness that evoked Beach House’s Victoria Legrand.”
9/10
THE FOUNTAIN

“Compelling”
DOTS & DASHES

“Wonderful”
AMELIA’S MAGAZINE

“ethereal vocals and mesmerising songs”
REDROSPECTIVE

LIVE REVIEWS

“Serrat was captivating from the start. Playing an acoustic and accompanied by her brother on drums Serrat played a set of gentle dream-pop… Serrat’s songwriting is rooted in Americana but delivered through a hazy, reverb-soaked filter. At the centre sits Serrat’s voice; clear, purposeful and soothing… Serrat’s set is spellbinding”
SOUNDBLAB

★★★★★
NERDS ATTACK

“a flawless, powerful set”
NORWICH BLOG

“Joana Serrat adds a little bit of edge to proceedings with her distinct husky voice and more expansive sound”
THE LINE OF BEST FIT

DRIPPING SPRINGS (2017)
CROSS THE VERGE (2016)