Story: Jack Foley
HAILING from Buenos Aires, Argentina, multi-talented singer/
songwriter, producer/performer, Juana Molina returns with a new
remix 12”, Salvese Quien Pueda.
The track features two new mixes of Salvese Quien Pueda
by Four Tet – one laces Juana’s vocal around a wonky
hip-hop back beat with added FX, the other is a gentle, acoustic-led
romp in the fields with a smattering of bells, while Juana has
done her own sparkly new version.
Juana Molina’s second album, Segundo, was the
first to be heard outside her home country.
The impact has been impressive. US showbiz bible, Entertainment
Weekly, named Segundo Best World Music Album of 2003.
David Byrne then personally invited her to open for his huge
US summer tour.
Shortly after, Juana Molina headlined to a rapt audience at
Barcelona’s SONAR festival on the final day.
BBC Radio One’s Breezeblock and One World programs both
broadcasted huge chunks of her set and the Daily Telegraph described
her as 'a musician and singer of often mesmerizing power'.
Juana followed those triumphs in late 2004 with a new album,
Tres Cosas (Three Things).
Like Segundo, it was written, recorded, played, produced
and mixed entirely on her own at home, with additional keyboards
and vocals provided by Alejandro Franov.
Equally as riveting as Segundo, Tres Cosas is arguably
stronger, the songwriting more bold and realised.
Juana Molina is currently recording her next album.
Juana Molina - Salvese Quien
Review: Rob Lord
never heard of Juana Molina I was open to what Salvese Quien
Pueda would sound like.
The 12" has three mixes - two by man-of-the-moment, Four
Tet, and another by Juana herself.
The Four Tet ugly mix is ugly, and we'll leave it there, but
his pretty mix is much, well, prettier, featuring some happy flute,
petit bells and Juana's voice just raising itself above.
It does turn slightly strange toward the end, but what would
you expect from Four Tet?
The outstanding track, Juana's epic re-version is a song wrapped
in cotton wool. Imagine the most gentle Simon & Garfunkel
song and add the softest, creamiest female vocal and your someway
This is a stunning song that caresses its way through your ears.
As she almost freestyles towards the end, with ooh's and aah's,
there is no beat, just a gentle aural massage. Brilliant.