The Catalan singer-songwriter presents her lastest album at Misty Fest. Hardcore From The Heart was considered one of the best albums of 2021 by the international press.
The Catalan singer-songwriter Joana Serrat returned to records last June with the release of Hardcore from The Heart, once again by Loose Music. This album is the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Dripping Springs (also released by Loose Music).
This time, the songwriter and musician, left her hometown of Vic (Catalonia) and travelled to Denton, Texas, where she teamed up with sound engineer and producer Ted Young, known for his work with artists such as Kurt Vile and Sonic Youth, among others. Her distinctive sound, which has been described as folk gaze, has taken on more shape and dynamics while her voice, original but noted as a kind of cross between the timbres of Tanita Tikaram and Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, has been given even more space in the new arrangements.
Joana Serrat has been to Portugal several times, either as part of festivals such as Paredes de Coura and Gente Sentada, or as a solo artist such as Centro Cultural e Congressos das Caldas da Raínha, Plano B in Porto, Teatro de Vila Real or Orfeu in Águeda (as part of Outonalidades). It is fair to say that his music resonates with special intensity with the Portuguese public.
On hearing and applauding her song “Demons”, the British Guardian guaranteed that the genre known as “americana” is not about where you were born but rather a state of mind: “ask the Catalan Joana Serrat who sounds as if she had rented a bungalow full of bungavillias from one of the Eagles musicians in 1972”.
Applauded by reference publications such as Uncut or Glide, which have distinguished her work in their lists of the best releases of the year, Joana Serrat also managed to be voted by the Americana Music Association as one of the authors of the year because of the work presented on Hardcore From The Heart.