Marem Ladson is a 22-year-old Spanish-American singer/songwriter. Blending lyrical, introspective songwriting with a folk-pop edge, her music is both intimate and powerful.
Born in Galicia, Spain, to an African-American father and Spanish mother, Marem grew up between New York and Galicia, relocating to Madrid after living for a while in Houston, TX. Her songs and looks honor her dual heritage and the diverse sounds she heard while growing up on both sides of the Atlantic. Citing influences from Mazzy Star to Joni Mitchell, Ladson’s strong command as a vocalist, writing in both English and Spanish, and often folky, electric guitar skills, set her apart as one of the most promising new artists in the Spanish music scene.
Living in Ourense, Marem discovered a close-knit community of musicians at Café Pop Torgal, an independent music venue and creative space where she developed her own musical personality and played her first shows supporting Laura Gibson and Denison Witmer.
At age 17 she was approached by indie record label Mont Ventoux, who released her self- titled debut album in 2018. That record is an amazing compilation of songs written during her teen years. They're full of confidence, melody and self-belief without losing the quintessential sense of wonder of a teenager. The lyrics tell a coming of age story, delving into her inner feelings, dreams and aspirations, showing off a precocious and talented artist. Following the release, Marem toured extensively in Spain and Portugal, playing many major festivals and opening for acts such as Cat Power.
Marem's music has one foot in tradition while the other one sits firmly in the present, mixing classic influences and contemporary textures and sounds. Being born into a digital world, Marem had the chance to discover a wide range of bands. Her natural curiosity allowed her to mix different styles and genres and also shaped her deep understanding of music and her way of creating songs without boundaries or limitations, which she continues with her first U.S. release, a five-song, bi-lingual EP, due this March, prior to performances at SXSW, in Los Angeles and New York City.
Cat Power, Jeff Buckley, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Mazzy Star, Joni Mitchell, Blood Orange, PJ Harvey, Weyes Blood, Steve Lacy