Juana Molina — „Segundo“ [21st Anniversary] (June 4, 2021)

Argentina flag                                                                               Juana Molina — „Segundo“ [21st Anniversary] (June 4, 2021)
••›  Segundo je album, které zahájilo mezinárodní kariéru Juany Moliny. Zpočátku vyšlo v Argentině a Japonsku, nakonec si ji v roce 2003 získala značka Domino. Recepce alba Segundo ji nastavil do kurzu globálních vystoupení, logicky pak sbírala velkou základnu fanoušků, a až doposud nahrála dalších pět studiových alb (včetně široce uznávaného Halo v roce 2017) a živého záznamu (ANRMAL, 2020). Toto speciální vydání k 21. výročí obsahuje brožuru obsahující původní texty, kresby Juany a dosud nepublikované fotografie. Argentinean mystic Juana Molina conjures up new levels of rhythmic intrigue on a long overdue new album for Crammed.
›  To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Juana Molina’s breakthrough album Segundo (2000), here’s a very special reissue, remastered from the original tapes, and augmented by a rich booklet recounting the eventful start of Juana’s musical career, and containing numerous notes, anecdotes, original drawings and previously unreleased pictures.
›  Segundo is the album which started Juana Molina’s international trajectory as a musician, and its making was a wild story: after dropping her highly~successful career as a TV comedian, and signing with a major company who got her to record her debut album, Juana set out to find her own direction in music and started working on a new record (aptly titled Segundo). This journey took four years, and included sessions in Argentina and in several houses where she lived on the US West Coast, the involvement of several possible producers and of four successive record labels, who each had their own idea of what Juana should be doing... Juana remained untamed, forged ahead and, during the course of this sometimes complicated process, developed her own method and her own characteristic sound. She writes:
›  From the moment “Segundo” took shape, I began to walk a path that I have not yet abandoned. That is why it’s so important to me. I feel that this was the seed of everything I have done ever since. I discovered the flair of composing in real time, the charm of discarding the very idea of demos, the grace of documenting these moments of searching and finding. Everything else became dispensable.
›  In 2000, Juana finally self~released Segundo in Argentina. The album semi~accidentally made its way to Japan where it very spectacularly took off, and was eventually picked up by the Domino label in 2003. The reception of Segundo set Juana Molina on course for starting to perform around the globe, garnering a large, devoted fan base, and going on to record five more extraordinary studio albums (including the widely~acclaimed Halo in 2017) and a live record (ANRMAL, 2020).
›  All this and much more is narrated in the lovely booklet, which includes notes by several people who were involved in these events (including Bruce Springsteen producer Ron Aniello) and by early adopters such as KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, Domino Recording’s Laurence Bell (who discovered Segundo by chance, in Will Oldham’s car), and David Byrne who, as soon as he heard the album for the first time, invited Juana to open for him on his 2003 US tour. Juana Molina 2017
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genre: Rock~Pop, Singer~Songwriter
Album release: June 4th, 2021
Record Label: Crammed Discs
Duration:     69:10
01. Martín Fierro   4:56
02. ¿Quién?   2:40
03. El perro   6:41
04. ¡Que llueva!  3:55
05. La Visita   2:17
06. Quiero   2:40
07. Mantra del bicho feo  8:00
08. El desconfiad  3:08
09. El zorzal   3:05
10. El pastor mentiroso   4:52
11. Misterio uruguayo   4:20
12. Vaca que cambia de querencia   3:48
13. MedDlong   3:51
14. Sonamos   9:04
15. The Wrong Song   6:57
›  + 2LP includes 16~page 30 x 30 cm booklet containing numerous notes, anecdotes, original drawings and previously unreleased pictures.
›  + CD includes 32~page booklet. 
›  Ron Aniello    Dulcimer, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Sampling, Sequencing
›  John Baxter    Guitar (Electric), Mixing
›  Martin Fierro    Composer
›  Alejandro Franov    Composer, Keyboards
›  Fernando Kabusacki    Guitar
›  Enrique Londaits    Mastering
›  Daniel Melero    Post Production
›  David Miner    Bass
›  Juana Molina    Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation, Mixing, Producer
›  Alejandro Ros    Comb, Design, Photography
AllMusic Review by Chris Nickson; Score: ★★★★½  
♣  America doesn’t have a lock on all the off~kilter singer~songwriters. Take a listen to the very individual Argentine Juana Molina. On her second album, she explores electronic and acoustic textures, treading through them like rooms in an empty house while inspecting details and corners. She’s equally comfortable with detuned synths (as on “Medlong”) or acoustic guitar (“El Zorzal”), but whatever she uses, her music keeps taking the path less traveled. Her unusual, minimal touches transport lovely melodies into different dimensions. Molina is like a Latin Lisa Germano: both make small, intimate albums and think outside the box. But originality should be treasured, especially when it’s wrapped in glistening little melodies. Molina can have an almost childlike simplicity at times in the way her voice glides between the blips and bloops, although her sensuality comes to the surface in other moments. She utilizes minimal arrangements and the production might sound more like work from home than the big recording studio, but this naïveté suits the songs. There’s an irresistible charm about both this disc and Molina’s approach. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll still be smiling.
♣  https://www.allmusic.com/album/segundo-mw0000036555
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