Joana Serrat shares new single Tug Of War
New album Cross The Verge out May 6 on Loose
Stream Tug Of War HERE
Praise for Joana Serrat:
“…the spectre of Joanna Newsom hangs heavy on her breathy vocal – evokes the sweeping alt-country of Lambchop. Gorgeous.” – NME
“Pick of my post pile today is Joana Serrat” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 MUSIC
“fragile, precious and alluring” – Drowned In Sound
“Wonderful” – Amelia’s Magazine
“Compelling” – Dots & Dashes
Talking about Tug Of War, Serrat says;
“Tug of War is a song that talks about the people of my generation that once followed all the paths we were told to walk. We did obey, believing in what we’ve been told. At the end of this road we were supposed to find the good life and all that we end up seeing is a death land. We are going to be the first generation that won’t surpass our parents.”
About 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.
Joana Serrat on tour:
07 May – Gulliver’s, MANCHESTER
09 May – Slaughtered Lamb, LONDON
10 May – Broadcast, GLASGOW
11 May – Electric Circus, EDINBURGH
13 May – Chapel Arts, BATH
15 May – Down By The River, VENLO (NL)
04 June – Primavera Sound, BARCELONA