JOANA SERRAT – “Hardcore From The Heart”

Posted: June 13, 2021 in MUSIC
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“In ‘Hardcore From The Heart’ Joana Serrat mixes folk sensitivity from her earlier albums with the vast sonic landscapes developed within ‘Dripping Springs’. It is an album about broken promises, where rich complexities combine to form a masterful and moving piece of work, a glorious slice of Americana that is infused with Catalan passion and fire.”

Serrat comes from the Catalonian city of Vic, not far from Barcelona, but recorded this album in Denton, Texas. She used some great musicians to build these soundscapes including Jesse Chandler on keyboards and Eric Swanson on pedal steel. But it is the production, the full and symphonic sound achieved by Ted Young (who has worked with Sonic Youth and Kurt Vile), that is the album’s hallmark.

The album is a painfully honest and moving album, which grows on you with each hearing as new and rich complexities are discovered. Hardcore From The Heart showcases Serrat’s best vocal performance to date and marks a literary peak in her songwriting career.”

Ultimately it is this clash between strength and fragility, between quiet introspection and swelling, anthemic sounds, that characterises ‘Hardcore from the Heart’. Serrat has supported Neko Case and their music shares this clash between the personal and the performance: between exploring yourself and presenting it to others.

All songs written by Joana Serrat

Joana Serrat: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Joey McClellan: electric guitar, baritone guitar, acoustic guitar, echoplex, juno, backing vocals
Jesse Chandler: organ, moog, mellotron, celest, omnichord, glockenspiel
Aaron McClellan: bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
McKenzie Smith: drums
Eric Swanson: pedal steel guitar on “These Roads”
Toni Serrat: drums on “Take Me Back Where i Belong”, percussions on “Pictures”

Released June 11th, 2021

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