Juana Molina’s folktronica is perfect for plunging into a rabbit hole for wonderland

To experience a Juana Molina concert is to be swept away in a very special kind of excitement. In the late 80s and early 90s, the Argentine singer-songwriter had a successful career in television and comedy before shifting gears to pursue music. An early proponent of combining South American folk music and electronica, Molina introduced her unconventional style with her 1996 debut album, Rara (whose title means “strange, strange, or strange”). Over the decades, she has developed a fascinating signature sound that implements eerie vocal experiments in quirky, intimate melodies that juxtapose folk guitars with tuned synthesizers, loops and drones and sometimes dive into punk or rock; the latest example, with a live album from 2020, is her EP with four songs from 2019, For fun. Molina’s compositions are extremely evocative, and any attempt to extract meaning from her lyrics adds only fragments to the whole. This open end has only helped her gain international acceptance beyond the Spanish-speaking world. In a statement on her Facebook page, Molina says her performances in the spring of 2022 will convey the quiet sense of freedom she experienced under pandemic isolation: “I want to improvise for you. I start with songs as you know them and hope so that I can pull you into a tunnel of music. ” The nature of Molina’s explorations – soothing and soothing one moment, thrilling and unsettling the next – promises to make anyone plunge into the rabbit hole with her for an intoxicating pleasure.

Juana Molina Arthur Moon, Thurs 28/4, at 20.00, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, $ 27, $ 25 members, all ages

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