Juana Molina – Un Dia

Artist: Juana Molina
Album: Un Dia
File Under: Folktronica, World Music
Recommended if You Like: Beth Orton, Four Tet, David Byrne
Featured Track: Un Dia

Argentinean singer/songwriter, Juana Molina, is an amazing interpreter of sound. I discovered her by chance many years ago at Bimbos, opening for a band I can’t even remember now because her performance was so compelling and mesmerizing I’ve forgotten everything else about that night.  I’ve been an ardent fan of her dreamlike, hypnotic music ever since.  

Listening to Juana Molina is an experience in and of itself.  She’s mastered the art of looped acoustic guitar, percussion, keyboards, feedback and melodic vocals to bring to life the most far-out hypnotic sound you’ve ever laid your ears on.  Seeing her live, however, the experience transcends to another level for you realize all of this sound is created solely and independently by her.  She’s a one woman show and her talent is mind boggling.

Her fifth full length album, Un Dia, is more adventurous, upbeat and rhythmic than prior releases – making it probably more of a cross over album for her.  The feature track here, ‘Un Dia’, will give you a good sample of the beats to come on her album.  And it just gets better from there, looping and building in layers and complexity. ‘Los Hongos de Marosa’ is a highlight of the album for me. 

If you’d like to dig deeper into Juana’s musical psyche, take a look at this video.

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Juana Molina at Yoshi’s SF Tomorrow

One of my all time favorite live performers, Juana Molina, is playing Yoshi’s San Francisco tomorrow.  The Argentinean songstress is a literal one woman band.  Often compared to the likes of Bjork and Beth Orton, she singlehandedly plays guitar, synthesizer and percussion while singing and looping her vocals to harmonize with herself.  It’s truly incredible and something you have to see live to appreciate all that’s going on.  I highly recommend it.  

Check out this YouTube video profile of Juana and you’ll get a good sense of what I’m talking about.  And be sure to pick up her latest album, Son.

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