Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina gets easily lumped into a category far too broad for her impressively unique style. Her seventh full length, Halo touches all bases - from up close and playful tracks like Cosoco to the dark and claustrophobic Lentísimo Halo. Features a few guest appearance from Deerhoof's John Dieterich.
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It's a widely known fact that Juana Molina was a comedian in her native Argentina before turning her attention to oddball electronic folk. Kind of as if Miranda Hart gave up mainstream BBC sitcoms to make albums that sounded like Vashti Bunyan produced by Bjork. Anyway here she is with her seventh which continues the same low key path that has seen her hone a very delicate style of composition which blends her sweet cooing with gentle clicks and cuts.
I see Domino are no longer putting her records out so they may have given up on her but there's still plenty here to enjoy. Firstly it's unique - sung in her native tongue, her breathy voice wraps around itself occasionally veering off for wordless swooping whilst beneath tightly controlled repetitive beats form a warm bedrock. Hers is not the kind of music to instantly impress, instead it slowly builds through looped vocals, sometimes guitars and always the metronomic tick of micro beats. Audio is added to the stew until you realise you are fully entwined in the thing and can't get out.
It's clever and well put together, sometimes lacking key earworms but in it's best as on 'Cosoco' which has the skittering beats of Tortoise or Sea and Cake where the sound is utterly captivating despite the song wandering around like a lost dog.
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