The Catalan author and songwriter presents at Misty Fest, her latest album, considered among the best 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 successor to the acclaimed Dripping Springs from 2017 (also released by Loose Music).

This time, the songwriter and musician, left her hometown of Vic (Catalonia) and traveled to Denton, Texas, where she teamed up with sound engineer and producer Ted Young, known for his work with artists like Kurt Vile and Sonic Youth, among others. Her distinctive sound, which has been described as folk gaze, has gained even more shape and dynamics while her voice, original but noted as a kind of blend between the timbres of Tanita Tikaram and Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, has gained even more space in the new arrangements.

Joana Serrat has visited 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 her music resonates with special intensity with the Portuguese public.

Upon 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 bungalows 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 in Hardcore From The Heart.

“a gem of haunted reflection”
9/10 UNCUT

“You’re going to fall deeply in love with her…just amazing”
GUY GARVEY, BBC6 MUSIC

“It’s like Glasvegas and War On Drugs had a little musical baby and what a bonny wee thing it is – a slow burning slice of beauty from Catalan singer and songwriter Joana Serrat”
RODDY HART, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

“Gorgeous – balances vintage jangle with just the right amount of fluttering shoegaze”
THE GUARDIAN
“this emotional indie rocker has the hazy allure of Mazzy Star with a dash of cosmic country”
THE TIMES

“Alt-country gem of broken promises and shattered dreams all in her fabulous dreamy voice”
**** DAILY EXPRESS

“An album as vital as it is necessary”
8/10 Mondo Sonoro (Toni Castarnado)

“Charming third album. Like Mazzy Star guesting on an early Neil Young demo”
MOJO