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Marina Herlop is often described as a pianist, a lingering remnant of her classical training at the Conservatori Professional de Música in Badalona. But what strikes the listener on Herlop’s breakout track ‘miu’ – a song acclaimed by Pitchfork and playlisted by Bicep – is the intricate trickery of her voice, tracing rhythmical clusters around the subtlest of musical beds, in a technique inspired by Carnatic music of Southern India.
‘miu’, the opening track of Herlop’s new studio album Pripyat, was among the first songs that the young Catalan artist made on a computer, after two albums – 2016’s Nanook and 2018’s Babasha – that brought spectral elegance to the sound of piano and voice, tinged by electronic effects and subtle production trickery. This spirit of adventure continues into Pripyat, Herlop’s first full album produced on a computer, and her most intensely emotional work to date.