Juana Molina – Río Seco


I only came across Juana Molina recently but I loved her slightly detached, dreamy voice immediately. She is from Buenos Aires and sings in a soft Spanish accent which sounds almost as melodic as Italian. E.g. the way she slowly pronounces profundamente. Apparently it is Rioplatense Spanish. Río Seco is a sad song which doesn’t surprise considering the title. A dry river is unnatural, even frightening. And the electronics in this song create a spooky atmosphere. There is this sustained noise in the beginning which is repeated all the time. For me it sounds like a coyote howling in the middle of the pampa. The acoustic guitar is mainly a rhythm instrument here. Juana sings the tune herself. Río Seco is the starter on her fourth album Son from 2006. Her new album Un Día seems to be more electronic and less folky.

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