Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés

© Lita Bosch

© Lita Bosch

Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés' performances cannot only be measured in terms of their ‘full houses’, but by the number of times they steal and elevate your spirit during each show. Maria’s soulful voice combined with the sober dexterity of Marcel’s guitar, make Iberian folk songs a revelatory life event.

In 2015, Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés surprised everyone with their EP Remescles, acoples i melismes, which peaked in Spain's Top 10 best singles of the year according to the music magazine Rockdelux. Later on (March 2016), the duo invited us to their own Verbena, a tremendously moving EP that has been recognized as the “piece of local art of the year” by Time Out Barcelona, the Best National Single Of 2016 by music magazine Rockdelux and a the work of Best New Artist by Catalan press's end of the year charts.

It’s the best prologue you can imagine for 45 cerebros y 1 corazón, a debut album where Maria i Marcel step up from working with field recordings, record libraries and digitized archives to write their own songs. Popular tradition, a subtle embrace of electronics and the universal language of emotion for the most inspiring record of 2017.