Marked by experimentation, with many guests and a dive into the vulnerability, experience, and discoveries of the singer-songwriter from Leiria, “alla”, released on Omnichord, is Surma’s second album of originals and comes five years after her debut, “Antwerpen”.
The title “Alla”, a Swedish word that means “all”, and “without gender”, underlines Débora Umbelino, and refers to the freedom and transversality that marks the album, says the label in a press release.
“In the 10 themes of the album, Surma dives into the perception of herself, her memory, her family, her friends, and her references, and exalts life, with its ups and downs, its joys and its escapes. She does so intensely and freely, without genres or styles, celebrating the drive and certainty she has always had in assuming her identity,” shared Omnichord.
Over the last five years, Surma has had many experiences, which have taken her from New York, in the United States of America, to Guangzhou, in China, to Brazil, Iceland, South Korea, Slovenia, and many other stages in cities and festivals in 18 countries. Also remarkable was the participation in the record of 5.ª Punkada, formed by musicians from the Coimbra Cerebral Palsy Association.
The new record springs from this set of experiences and accumulated knowledge and feature a wide range of collaborations: João Hasselberg, Pedro Melo Alves, Rui Gaspar, Pedro Marques, Cabrita, Victor Torpedo, Selma Uamusse, Ana Deus, noiserv, Ecstasya, Joana Guerra and Angelica Salvi.
Released today on CD, vinyl, and streaming platforms, “alla” is presented live on a tour that starts on December 6, with the first concert in Leiria, at Teatro José Lúcio da Silva.
Surma, who will play with Pedro Melo Alves and João Hasselberg, will then perform at gnration, in Braga (10th December), Novo Ático – Coliseu do Porto (11th), GrETUA, in Aveiro (16th) and Culturgest, in Lisbon (17th).