Juana Molina - Wed 21 (4 stars)

Juana Molina - Wed 21

Argentinian singer-songwriter's best album yet is full of weird sonics and complex structures

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Making ingenious use of live loops and samples, Juana Molina's electronic folk-pop brightened the mid-00s. Wed 21 is the Argentinian singer-songwriter's first album in five years and it may well be her best to date. It finds her moving into ever more experimental territory, with weird sonics and complex structures, yet it's full of strong vocal melodies and propulsive rhythms. Molina has gone way beyond the layering of loops to go deep into her laptop and construct an intricate patchwork of acoustic and processed sound. With its blissed-out synth bass and drum kick, 'Eras' begins like a vintage acid-house track, only for Molina's breathy vocal and ghostly synth trails to carry it elsewhere. Molina delights in the curious earworms - wobbly electronic basslines, glitchy industrial beats and pitch-bent steel pans – she deftly weaves in and around her gorgeous vocals, which are layered, looped and processed into a cosmic chorale.

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