Argentina’s grande dame of psych-folk, twisted rock and outer electronics tells her captivating story.
Juana Molina might be best known across Latin America for her hit comedy sketch show Juana y Sus Hermanas back in the late ’80s, but she has dedicated her life to a uniquely deconstructive take on folk and pop music. Taught the guitar by her renowned tango-playing father Horacio Molina, Juana Molina explored the combination of comedy and music for several years, and even released a collection of parodies and chansons. But in 1996 she decided to pursue music full-time, and released her debut album Rara. Picked up by Domino and Belgian stalwart label Crammed Discs, Molina’s twisted mixture of country blues, electronics and alternative rock, laced with tango grooves, unexpected chord changes and surprising arrangements, marked her as an international oddity. Molina’s story is one of cult followings, global connections, experimental sounds and an ever-shifting relationship between the underground and the mainstream. In this Fireside Chat, Molina delves into the music that shaped her upbringing, the hypnotic qualities of sound, how to capture the spirit and intention of recordings and salient lessons on live performance.