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Friday, October 24, 2008

Juana Molina’s “Un Día”

posted by on October 24 at 15:13 PM

The title track to Juana Molina’s Un Día (released Oct. 7 by Domino) has been ruling my mornings for the last month. It sounds like an amazing collaboration between Tropicalia star Gal Costa and minimalist composer Steve Reich circa “It’s Gonna Rain.” The rhythmic momentum and the “one day” vocal loop are subliminal but relentless, just right for kick-starting your day (aptly titled, indeed). Molina sings over the top of this sublime, throbbing bed with more passion than she’s ever shown before (hence the Gal Costa comparison); previously her vocals were whispery and introverted, albeit beautiful. It’s as if she’s burst out of her shell here (the first track on Un Día), somewhat setting the tone for the rest of the disc, which features more forceful rhythms and more robust singing than were present on the Argentinian vocalist’s last three full-lengths—Segundo, Tres Cosas, and Son—all of which I recommend, by the way.

A lot of artists try to make soft-spoken, electronic-tinged indie rock, and most of their efforts inspire yawns. Juana Molina is among the most interesting practitioners of a style that the Postal Service took to the bank. The eerily gorgeous Un Día is her best collection yet.

Juana Molina, “Un Día”

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1

I loaned Son to a friend who never returned it. Tired of waiting, I picked up another--be forewarned, potential Molina loaners. She's great live, too.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | October 24, 2008 9:07 PM
2

I don't have words to explain about their songs.It touches my soul that's all i can say.

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Posted by Christianhowes | October 24, 2008 11:35 PM
3

Thanks for that Dave. Truly made my morning. I forgot that she had an album coming out this Fall. To the record store I go. Oh, and the Gal Costa nod is awesome as well.

Posted by caker | October 25, 2008 12:00 PM

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