credit: Hugo Domingues
Her debut has just been nominated for Best European Independent Album ’17 by IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) and over the last months she was booked by festivals as NOS ALIVE, EUROSONIC, MaMA or NOS PRIMAVERA SOUND and venues like London's 100 Club or Brussel's Ancienne Belguique.
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. "Hemma" was the first single from the acclaimed debut album "Antwerpen".
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