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Juana Molina – ANRMAL (Crammed Discs)

14 November 2020

A psychedelic spellcaster like no other, Argentina’s Juana Molina has been crafting mindbending soundscapes since the ‘90s, deftly mixing swirling, overdubbed voices, constantly shifting instrumental textures and unreliable rhythms with a verve that Bjork or Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) would envy. Recorded live at Mexico’s NRMAL festival in early March just before the lockdown, the intoxicating ANRMAL offers a fresh perspective on her exhilarating music, adding a jolt of rowdy energy to these slippery concoctions without dimming their freaky allure. Molina and her two nimble bandmates negotiate swirling melodies and surging grooves with a magician’s touch, achieving a dazzling lightness that could be the prelude to euphoria, or dread, or vertigo, depending on the state of your head.