Joana Serrat releases "Hardcore From The Heart" and tours Sweden in September/October28-06-2021
Catalan singer-songwriter Joana Serrat returns with new album ‘Hardcore From The Heart’, out now.
Serrat’s fifth album, ‘Hardcore From The Heart’ is the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed ‘Dripping Springs’. For the recording, Serrat travelled from her home in Vic, a small city near Barcelona, to Redwood Studio in Denton, Texas, where she teamed up with engineer and producer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo).
‘Hardcore From The Heart’ starts with loss and ends with acceptance of the impossibility of achieving an ideal life, examining the imbalance that exists between the life lived and the ideal sought. It’s title is borrowed from the book by sexologist and essayist Annie Sprinkles to reflect the nuanced, emotional and introspective journey that Serrat pursues in her lyrics and music.
Lead single ‘Pictures’ illustrates the album’s rich textures and immersive atmospherics. “Pictures talks about disillusion and the failure of communication,” comments Serrat. “It's also a reminder of the amount of time we stupidly waste on trivial details. That idea of 'perfection never comes' is that you are better off just living your life because things can always go wrong. Tables turn in the blink of an eye. So putting off things while waiting for the right time to do them kills me".
“The song takes place in Montréal and it's about a broken promise. It was inspired by the fact I didn't let myself be angry with that disappointment. I built a wall and let my frustration and sadness grow in this space but never expressed it. That took a toll on me and by the time I realized it, it was too late.”
The end result 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.
In September and October Joana Serrat will tour Sweden:
29/09: Kristianstad, SWE - Kulturkvarteret
30/09: Hultsfred, SWE - Hotel Hulingen
01/10: Malmö, SWE - Folk å Rock
02/10: Hagebyhöga, SWE - Vadstena Brukshundklubb
04/10: Stockholm, SWE - Twang
05/10: Uppsala, SWE - Katalin