Manel Cruz

Few characters in the history of Portuguese music will ever come as close to the legendary Manel Cruz. If he’s known for being one of the most natural storytellers out there, he’s also recognized for pouring his heart into every record since the beginning of his career, at Ornatos Violeta and in every station he’s ever stepped on the last decade. He made a quick stop in Pluto, in the erratic Super Nada and, finally, into something of his own: Foge Foge Bandido, where he showcased trimmings, images and voices of the trip he’d been doing for the past 10 years in the music scene. He went on to charm us in Estação de Serviço in 2015, with melodies we were already familiar with and new telltales that we wanted desperately to learn and cling on to. We don’t know for sure what’s next for him or where he’ll stop next. But we know, certainly, that it will be just as unforgettable as it has been so far. 

“Cruz showcased some of the most captivating and unpredictable pieces I’ve heard all weekend.”

Pitchfork about Estação de Serviço, at NOS Primavera Sound

“Estação de Serviço also works for Manel Cruz as research, where old songs collide with new and are tested by him with as minimal arrangements as possible.”



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