Briana Marela – ‘Surrender’ stream and review

Briana Marela Surrender

Judging by the gorgeous, grand and glitchy sound of new single ‘Surrender’, we’re pretty sure new Jagjaguwar signing Briana Marela is going to release one of the most enchanting and captivating albums of the year when it’s out in August. Produced by Alex Somers (Sigur Ros) and with strings by Amiina, Briana has certainly surrounded herself with some impressive cohorts…

Opening with Disney-fied synth-based atmospherics, Briana’s delicate vocals – which sit somewhere between Regine from Arcade Fire, Cat Power and Tegan and Sara – lilt over the elegant instrumentation as she sings: ‘I’ll give you all I’ve got’ over and over and again before demanding your attention with the line ‘I abandon my mind’ – just as the song hits its hypnotic peak. With its dreamy feel and the computer-based manipulation of melody and vocals, Briana will appeal to those who love Efterklang, Meursault and other bands who specialise in offbeat yet elegant pop.

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