The inimitable, wonderful, bewitching Juana Molina has now joined forces with Crammed, and we're delighted to present her new album, the awesome Wed 21. Juana who, "like Brian Wilson or Kevin Shields, pulls off the most out-there material with melodies nearly as accessible as conventional pop" (Rolling Stone, US), has variously been described as "pure genius" (Les Inrockuptibles), "beguiling" (Pitchfork), or "creating a slippery soundtrack for the subconscious" (Spin).

Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment. Her father, revered tango singer and composer Horacio Molina, gave her guitar lessons from the age of five. Her mother, actress Chunchuna Villafañe, is a committed music lover who initiated Juana to the secrets of her extensive record collection.

Following the military coup of 1976, the Molina family fled the country and lived in exile in Paris for six years. During those formative teenage years in Paris, Juana’s outlook on music was vastly expanded, a.o. by regularly listening to a couple of French radio stations which offered programs featuring music from around the globe.

When Juana returned to Argentina she was determined to become independent and to pursue a career in music. Like so many other 20-somethings, Juana’s career aspirations were, “to earn a good salary for working just a few hours”, in order to keep free time to develop her musicianship. She knew she had a knack for doing imitations, and went to pass an audition for a TV program. She got hired on the spot. Her popularity rose meteorically and, three years later, she had her own comedy show, for which she invented & impersonated a series of hilariously stereotyped characters. The show was a great success, it was syndicated to other Latin American countries and, within just a few years, Juana had become the most popular comedian in Argentina.

Seven years after her TV debut, Juana became pregnant, and had to suspend the show for a few months. She found herself reflecting on her rapid rise to stardom, and thought: "this really isn't what I wanted to do". She took the brave resolution to cancel the show (something that many Argentinians would hold against her for years), and to pick up music again. She started writing and recording songs. She released her first album in 1996, and the reception was more than reserved: her fans would come to her shows, expecting to giggle and laugh, but couldn't quite understand this new "folk singer" character of hers (she kept singing, and the punchline never came…).

Despite these initial difficulties, Juana held out and stuck to her decision. Her passion and commitment to music prevailed, and worldwide recognition began to grow. After the release of her second and 3rd album (which came out on Domino Records, as did the next two), she quickly became the darling of the international indie/electronic/folk scene, and praise began pouring in from admirers in all corners. "Tres Cosas" was placed in the “Top Ten Records of 2004” by The New York Times, she was championed by the likes of David Byrne and Will Oldham, and her music — which, although it features elements of folk, ambient and electronica, is highly unique and personal— was often lazily compared by critics to that of Björk or Beth Orton. But, as the New York Times put it, Ms Molina doesn't imitate anyone. She has too much fun just being herself

Juana Molina has toured extensively in the US, Japan and Europe. Her live performances combine live loops, effects created on-the-fly and her deft acoustic guitar playing, creating a lush sounding as well as visually compelling experience. 

After a brief discographic pause (punctuated by the Congotronics vs Rockers venture), Juana Molina is now back in full force and has joined the Crammed roster to launch the awesome Wed 21.

Discography

Rara (1996)
Segundo (2000)
Tres cosas (2002)
Son  (2006) 
Un Día (2008) 
Wed 21 (2013)


News

Juana Molina : accolades and tour


Her new album "Halo" gets impressive kudos, while she gets ready for a tour in Europe and Argentina

Juana Molina gets award, directs new video...


... and is coming to Europe to play 2 special shows in Paris and Bari

Crammed Discs artists take Glastonbury Festival by storm


Juana Molina, SKIP&DIE and Yasmine Hamdan will all perform at the UK's premier festival this week.

JUANA MOLINA: new video, tours, back-catalogue reissue


To follow up on the release of her acclaimed new album, Juana Molina is releasing a second music video, and is doing an extensive series of shows this Spring & Summer

JUANA MOLINA : New album, limited 2LP, European Dates


The bewitching JUANA MOLINA is back with "Wed 21", a terrific album, in which all the various threads she's previously explored are masterfully woven together with new elements to create a mischievous, playful, joyous series of songs, brimming with surprises.

HALO


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Live Dates

27/05/2017
AR
Cordoba
03/06/2017
AR
La Plata
15/06/2017
ES
MADRID
16/06/2017
ES
Barcelona
17/06/2017
FR
Paris
19/06/2017
GB
London
20/06/2017
BE
ANTWERP
22/06/2017
DE
Berlin
24/06/2017
PL
BIALYSTOK

Releases

JUANA MOLINA - Halo
JUANA MOLINA
Halo
cram275
JUANA MOLINA - Wed 21
JUANA MOLINA
Wed 21
cram220
JUANA MOLINA - Un Dia
JUANA MOLINA
Un Dia
cram230
JUANA MOLINA - Son
JUANA MOLINA
Son
cram229

SOUNDS, Visuals & More

Contains videos & live footage, free mp3s & streams, pictures, press quotes & clippings, and maybe even personal contributions from the artist.