By AVA LIVERSIDGE
Spain-hailing duo Big Sur meld indie-folk with coastal ease on their debut single “133.”
Composed of Cristina Barceló and Neil Roma, the outfit was conceived in a small, Barcelona apartment when the two sought a conduit to transport themselves and those around them and, hopefully, stir some emotions in the process. The group’s repertoire is imbued with a characteristic fluidity, made possible by their alchemy of soft acoustics and subtle electronics.
In the context of California’s early Spanish history, “Big Sur” referred to the largely unexplored coastal region of the state known for its scenic beaches and untouched landscapes. It seems this indie-folk duo is trying to evoke that indicative coastal serenity — watery synths, rolling percussion, echoing vocals — while also calling upon the unchartered territory in their etymological DNA.
The single, “133”, is the first sign of the duo’s debut album to be released later this year and recorded at Crazy House Studio. Roma’s full, dreamy guitar floods the track atop electronic ambient noise, driving the mood. The message is straightforward and timely: to be present, to enjoy what you can. “133” fuses dream pop with folk acoustics for a mellow, infectious atmosphere.
Be on the lookout for Big Sur’s debut record later this year.
Check out ‘133’ here: