See Juana Molina Tomorrow Night

August 20th, 2009

Juana Molina has led an interesting life. She learned how to play guitar at the ripe old age of five. And when she was just 14, Molina’s family fled Argentina, following that country’s 1976 coup d’état, and settled in Paris for six years. She ultimately returned to her homeland and found success as an actress, starring in the hit sketch-comedy show Juana y Sus Hermanas. That would have been enough for most people, but not Molina, who, starting in 1996, began releasing intimate albums far removed from the vanity projects we’ve come to expect from actresses looking to cross over into music. (Molina’s lyrics are in Rioplatense Spanish, a dialect spoken in the Río de la Plata region between Argentina and Uruguay.) And beginning with Molina’s second album, the aptly named Segundo, she has capably mixed singer-songwriter folk music with electronica and ambient sounds, earning her favorable comparisons to Beth Orton and Björk. But don’t just take The House List’s word for it, check out the video profile above and then see her tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg to judge for yourself.