credit: Hugo Domingues
Surma is from Leiria, a mid-sized city in the middle of Portugal. Equipped with a childlike voice — think Joanna Newsom — Surma masters every instrument that is around her. Her sonic blend combines ambient music, post-rock and jazz influences. The result? A really unique, warm and intimate sound. Surrounded by instruments and loop pedals, she creates a track and, before you know it, gently swoops you into her world. Watching her play, you can’t help but feel that all her energy is being channelled into that moment, creating a mesmerizing performance. She has played the most important Portuguese festivals, toured Spain, France, Sweden, UK and Germany. Hearing her music, we find it hard to think that her voice will go unheard, as those delicate ethereal melodies seem to reach straight to our hearts. With just one single published, “Maasai”, and more than 150 shows, she decided to start something new for the first record "Antwerpen". The songs she played throughout this period (2015-2017) are not included in this record. Surma decided that this was just the starting point of her sound exploration journey. "Hemma" was the first single.