Agent: Mike Leahy
“…Son’s blend of acoustic guitar and purring synths confirms this Argentine as one of underground pop’s most beautifully odd voices. Highly recommended, even if your Spanish sucks.”
“Her Brazilian-influenced adventurism can be kaleidoscopic, edgy and exquisite, sometimes all at once; it adds up to an often gorgeous record.” (***)
-Andy Gensler, Rolling Stone
The bewitching Juana Molina is back with a terrific album, in which all the various threads she’s previously explored are masterfully woven together with new elements to create a mischievous, playful, joyous series of songs, brimming with surprises.
Juana has been acclaimed as a deeply original and visionary artist who, like Brian Wilson or Kevin Shields, pulls off the most out-there material with melodies nearly as accessible as conventional pop (Rolling Stone US). She has variously been described as pure genius (Les Inrockuptibles, FR), beguiling (Pitchfork, US), and is said to be one of the most extraordinary singers around (Sunday Times, UK), who is creating a slippery soundtrack for the subconscious (Spin, US) and subtle, unclassifiable sonic magic (Uncut, UK).
This time, she’s remarkably expanded her palette of instruments, incorporating electric guitars, bass, drums and inventive electronics, thus giving Wed 21 a richer, broader sonic spectrum. In some of the tracks, Juana comes as close to a pop song format and to a full band sound as she ever did… while some other pieces are sinuous excursions through gamuts of feelings & textures. Guided as always by her trademark spirit of experimentation and her deep melodic sense, Juana Molina has definitely come up with a masterpiece. As the album unfolds, each of the eleven songs reveals new, delightful ideas, unexpected turns and inspired atmospheres. In so many words: never a dull moment, Wed 21 is a superb, thoroughly enjoyable journey from start to finish.
As for the charming, often enigmatic lyrics: one can’t help noticing the intriguing presence of a number of specimens of fauna (including a guardian bear, an insect with organs that glow like automobile headlights, and a rat suffering from compulsive hoarding disorder). Let’s also pay special attention to the eerie dream in Final Feliz, and to the hilarious misfortunes of a narrator who hates noise pollution (in Ferocísimo).
Wed 21 was entirely composed, performed, recorded and produced by Juana Molina in her studio located in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Juana loves to work solo, that’s how she creates her own self-contained universe. Yet she isn’t averse to exchanging musical fluids on certain occasions: she’s worked with the likes of Vetiver and Vashti Bunyan, she’s toured with David Byrne and Feist, and the most recent collective project she was involved with was Congotronics vs Rockers, the adventurous collaborative ensemble also featuring Konono N°1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and the Skeletons’ Matt Mehlan.
Wed 21 comes out on Oct 28th, 2013
Juana Molina will be performing a string of shows around Europe in November, and will be back for extensive touring from early 2014 on.