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JUANA MOLINA
Segundo

WIGCD141
Domino Recording Co. Ltd 2004
15 Tracks. 69mins05secs

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Juana Molina’s journey is one of the most unexpected one could imagine. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana grew up surrounded with music. Her father taught her to play the guitar, and she spent many summers during her formative years in a house her family shared with two major figures of Brazilian music, poet and composer Vinicius de Moraes and bossa superstar Chico Buarque. After years in exile in Paris following a military coup, she returned to Argentina and became a singer with various local bands but as she felt she needed to brush up on her guitar skills, she set off to look for a job, landed a part in a television show in 1988, and soon featured in her own show, Juana Y Sus Hermanas (Juana & Her Sisters), which rapidly became a hit in many Spanish-speaking countries across the world and made her one of the most famous TV personalities in her country.
Juana hadn’t forgotten about her initial dream and started working on her first album, Rara, which was released in 1996 by MCA Argentina. She consequently moved to Los Angeles, playing in small clubs and recording her second album, Segundo, released in Argentina two years later, and was published in the US in 2002. Segundo finally crosses the Atlantic, bringing Molina’s soft vocals, warm acoustic guitars and electronic textures to Europe, as she is about to release her third album, Tres Cosas, in the US.
Segundo is a beautiful and delicate piece of work, feeding on the acoustic tradition of South American music as well as on more contemporary technology. Her song-based music places her at the meeting point between female artists such as Mira Calix, Colleen or Mileece and the likes of Beth Gibbons, Lisa Germano or Beth Orton. Singing entirely in Spanish and providing all the music, Molina creates for this album a series of stunning intimate pop songs, starting with the delicate Martin Fierro, which combines an atonal keyboard and an acoustic guitar, before opening up half-way through to expand on the original melody. If songs such as ¿Quién?, Mantra Del Bicho Feo, !Que Llueva! or El Desconfiado appear more upfront, Molina retains the fragile structures of her music all the way through and allows her melodies to freely develop in a multitude of directions in each composition with delicate textures sprinkled all over, as to highlight the acoustic nature of these songs. Segundo benefits of this approach, as each song appears totally unique, yet, they remain extremely consistent with each other, held tightly together by Molina’s softly tinted voice.
This second album already demonstrates an assured talent with Juana Molina. Clever songwriter and musician, Molina creates with Segundo a sumptuous world hidden away from the mainstream, as to preserve its delicates and fragile beauty. It has taken some time for this album to reach Europe, but it was more than worth the wait.

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TRACKLIST

Martín Fierro
¿Quién?
El Perro
¡Qué Llueva!
La Visita
Quiero
Mantra Del Bicho Feo
El Desconfiado
El Zorzal
El Pastor Mentiroso
Misterio Uruguayo
Vaca Que Cambia De Querencia
Medlong
Sonamos

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