JOANA SERRAT

‘DRIPPING SPRINGS’

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

For her fourth album in five years, Joana Serrat travelled from her home in Vic, Barcelona to the Texas Hill Country outside Austin. There she teamed up with Israel Nash at his Plum Creek Sound studio near the town of Dripping Springs. For the recording sessions Nash & Serrat corralled a stellar crew of musicians: Joey & Aaron McClellan, (Midlake, BNQT, John Grant, Israel Nash), Eric Swanson & Josh Fleischmann (Israel Nash), Dave Simonett (Trampled By Turtles) and Dennis Love (Futurebirds), as well as Nash himself providing additional guitar and backing vocals. Israel Nash produced the album, with Ted Young (Grammy award winner for The Rolling Stones) on engineering and mixing duties.

It was no mean feat to gather all these creative talents and get them working together as a team, but as Israel Nash commented, “it was very easy to work with Joana because she knows where she wants to go and she leads us all there. Joana’s lyrics are brilliant. She uses images and colours to describe her songs and luckily that’s the way we are used to working.” Joey McClellan adds, “her voice was our guide”.

What she came away with is, however, nothing short of magnificent and should see Serrat building on her existing achievements which have included a BBC 6Music Recommends Track Of The Week, selected by Gideon Coe and Lauren Laverne, the latter commenting “she’s an amazing artist, an astonishing talent and I love her songwriting”. Within the last year, Joana has toured with The Jayhawks and The Handsome Family & Courtney Marie Andrews, played the main stage at Primavera Sound Festival, showcased at SXSW and has been invited to Nashville in September to showcase at AmericanaFest 2017.

Spanish music magazine Mondo Sonoro, keen to review the new record, has already awarded it 9/10, telling readers, “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.”

Dripping Springs will be released digitally, on CD & and on 180g vinyl on the 29th September 2017 via Loose.

CROSS THE VERGE (2016)

Photos by Joan Alsina. Click image to download hi-res version.

DRIPPING SPRINGS (29 September 2017)

“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
MONDO SONORO

CROSS THE VERGE (2016)

“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

LABEL
Spain: Great Canyon Records
Rest Of World: Loose


PRESS
PRINT: Tom Bridgewater | Loose
ONLINE: Tom Simcox | Loose


RADIO
UK: Sean Newsham | Mutante Inc


BOOKING
Jair Hoogland | Sedate Bookings