It’s always good to broaden your horizons. It’s even better to realize it’s still OK to like a musician, even if she doesn’t speak your native language.
Without even knowing much about electro singer-songwriter Juana Molina, her background is already noteworthy.
Her mother fled to Paris after the Argentine coup d’etat in 1976. She grew up surrounded by music and learned guitar at age 6. Almost all of her songs are in her native Rioplatense Spanish.
Her forward-thinking style of music is entirely original and can’t be forgotten once you’ve heard it. Going her own way suits her well. Notes get manipulated as she sings plainly but smoothly over layers of acoustic guitar notes and distortion. Repeating vocals add a strange sense of urgency.
To further her appeal, she’s collaborated with Chemical Brothers and Deerhoof. Her latest album, Wed 21, came out in late October on Crammed Discs. She’s got five other albums under her belt and will embark on a U.S. tour, making a stop along the way at the cozy Sinclair in Boston on April 14.
Cool fact: Molina has the proud distinction of voicing the Argentine dubbed version of Elastigirl from the movie The Incredibles.
Her music is pretty mysterious, and just this side of ghostly sometimes. Creepy, yes, but that’s how Molina draws you in to her symmetric, unrelenting beats and mesmerizing vocals.
April tour dates:
4/9/14 @ Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
4/10/14 @ Old Town School of Folk Music – Chicago, IL
4/14/14 @ The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
4/15/14 @ Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
4/16/14 @ Jammin Java – Vienna, VA
4/17/14 @ Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
4/21/14 @ The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
4/22/14 @ Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
4/24/14 @ The Independent – San Francisco, CA