"One Day" with Juana Molina
8 de Octubre, 2008 - 12:50 PM EDT
"One Day" with Juana Molina
With an album rich in sounds and full of beats, the Argentinean singer, who has been compared to Björk for her extraordinary talent, reappears on the musical scene.
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Passing through New York, this 46-year-old musician, who won fame in her native country as an actress, told us that, though her work may seem to be the sum of amorphous elements, those able to make sense of it can embark on a trip euphoric trip full of percussion, vocals, and rhythm.
Juana, tell us about your offer...
Well, I now have my fifth album, titled Un día, which is basically a prolongation of my previous albums.
And how did you start your musical career?
I come from a family of musicians, but it took me a long time to get to the music, perhaps because I'm shy. I think it all started when my father gave me a guitar when I was 5-years-old, and since then I've been going around in life and through many twists and turns.
And how do you describe this album?
Each album, as Kant says, is like a snapshot that captures a moment. You keep going and then you shoot another one. They are like landmarks that register moments and stages in a lifetime, and this album marks the new stage I've arrived at. One keeps offering things in a half-conscious way while moving forward on the same road. Sometimes the road follows you, but sometimes you make a detour. What is clear is that those who know me will recognize me. Yes, they will definitely recognize me, though the difference is that this is a freer album, somewhat savage. I can't find the right word. It has more accentuated rhythms, I used more percussion. It carries more explicitly rhythmic. Fewer lyrics. It's more musical than lyrical, a more unconscious and freer album.
Your style is very rhythmic and you experiment a lot with sounds, which results in a special offer. How do you come up with your themes?
In each album I move more into the path of freedom and I detect the root of something, and I get down to work. I spend the entire day playing, even though sometimes the results are not what I imagined. One thing is what you want and the other is what you are, and it's better to let yourself go. Even an error can often spark a good idea.
Where did the song "Un día" come from?
With the song "Un día" I was warming up my voice for a performance when suddenly I invented a melody and a theme came out. I included it in the album as the title song because I'm the kind of person that, after listening to a CD, I always play the best song, simply because that's where you see the artist's offer, and that's how I present myself.
What can you say about your music to the PeopleEnEspanol.com users who don't know you? Go ahead and make your pitch...
I have to choose something that works. It's a little difficult, like describing a painting without seeing it. People have to listen to understand it. I'm not too good at selling myself. I know what I do, but I don't know how others see me. I could say that I travel with the songs. There are landscapes with many things showing at the same time. At the beginning, it's just a commotion of things that become amorphous, but when you see them together you understand that they have their own identity and you get to see the virtues or flaws. Each song has its own personality and, if you look at it with a magnifying glass, you see what happens. I believe that those who listen to my album can sense an enormous piece of work. I'm pleased with what I've done and I see that there is a path, a step forward and an evolution, and that makes me feel good.