Sunday, February 8, 2009

Juana Molina

I'm of two minds regarding Argentine singer/songwriter Juana Molina.
There are times when I can't get enough of her hypnotic musings. She
has a way of finding odd chord combinations and strangely dissonant
sounds, and then repeating them over and over with slight variations
until they make perfect sense. Her voice can have a similar effect. At
first her breathy whisper is barely noticeable over her electronic
quilt, but then the repetitions become more and more melodic until
you're hooked. When Molina is noticed at all, she's regarded as a pop
singer. Not enough credit is given to her sensibilities as a
minimalist composer.

On the other hand, there are times when the repetition of the music
just sounds repetitive, and her "there-but-not-there" voice just
sounds dull. An appreciation of Molina is necessarily a matter of
embracing these contradictions.

She's currently touring the U.S. with her first-ever backing band.
She'll be at Seattle's Triple Door this Tuesday, February 10th.

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