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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
acknowledgment 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, Vic Chesnutt) 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. Cross The Verge is a beguiling collection of songs that move
with great ease between the precious evanescence of Lonely Heart Reverb , Oh, Winter Come or Flags, and the vigorous
guitar sound that predominates in Desert Valley, Tug of War, and the moving Black Lake. There’s elegance in the
trotting Americana rhythms of Saskatoon (Break of Dawn), I Follow You, Child and the crystalline Cloudy Heart.
The british record label Loose -which releases USA Alt. Country and Folk artists such Sturgill Simpson, Israel Nash, The
Handsome Family, Justin Townes Earle and more all around Europe- were quick to sign her up thereby providing Joana
with her dream home for her unique talents.
Joana was playing in Primavera Sound (Spain) and Pop Montreal (Canada) among others and supporting The Jayhawks,
Neko Case, The Handsome Family, Nikki Lane or Mandoline Orange.
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