‘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 acknowledgement 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.
24 Jan – NOTTINGHAM, Poppy & Pint
25 Jan – LONDON, The Islington
26 Jan – EXETER, Phoenix
27 Jan – BEXHILL, Albatross Club
28 Jan – MANCHESTER, Fred’s Ale House
29 Jan – NEWCASTLE, The Cluny 2
30 Jan – GLASGOW, Broadcast (Celtic Connections)