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    Molina, Juana – “Un Dia ” – [Domino Recording Co Ltd]

    At times this feels like an aerobic workout for hyperactive
    robots. I kept seeing cute little locomotives appear in
    the air and chug around puffing out steam that then would
    turn into Juana’s vocal loops. Lots of dopplered diva
    doos and das. The melodies (on toy keyboards and kewpie
    clarinets and maybe even kazoos) often do MC Escher like
    moves, leading up and up and up again. Like shepherd
    notes that have lost their little bo peep in Ms. Molina.
    To dizzy to be droney, too perky to be stoney. Kind of
    reminds me of Petra Haden’s adventures in Cuckooland,
    in the may Juana just has fun with her voice and the
    sounds of the words. Ping pong production also adds to
    the playfulness. Molina some times adds a little kid
    kind of whine to her voice. You know in a weird way, this
    makes me think of Can albeit a la Tropicalia. Does that
    make for Tropicania? Her loops that just lock in, and
    the insistent and twisted vocals…although there’s no
    typical percussion kicking in, usually, the loops of
    processed sound and little bo bleepings keep the herd
    harried. The more I listened to this, the more I could
    see this becoming a big KFJC hit, its weirdness is
    gentle, its adventure never assaultive. Once upon a
    Juana was an Argentine comedienne, she still knows the
    cosmic joke it seems. Maybe it’s something to do with
    the symmetric nature of good and evil?

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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