Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Vive Solo” by Juana Molina from the 2008 album Un Dia on Domino Records.
Juana Molina – Vive Solo (MP3)
Forget Madonna, Juana Molina is a genuine Argentinean singer who could actually pull off “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” Following the military coup of her country when she was just a young teenager, her family was forced to move to Paris where they lived in exile for six years. As a child, Juana grew up surrounded by music and learned to play the guitar from her father when she was just 5 years old. Despite her musical upbringing, it was actually television where she got her first shot at showbiz as a sketch comedy actress on a popular Latin T.V. show in the late 80’s. When she made the switch to music in 1996, that same eclectic background gave her music a certain “International flair” that appealed to a lot of fans of world music. Done mostly in Spanish, her sound is a mixture of ambient noises and layered acoustic guitars; it’s “folky” but not in the traditional way you’d think. She’s drawn some comparisons to Bjork, but the unique sound is her own. Even if you can’t understand the lyrics, Juana Molina’s music has a way of leaving you with just enough imagination to discover you don’t need to know them anyway.
Currently touring in Australia, she plans on making some West Coast appearances in early February (The Triple Door on February 10). You can read more about Juana Molina and hear additional tracks on her Myspace page. Here she is performing in Prague last October: