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Juana Molina

This Argentinean singer-songwriter weaves a hypnotizing tapestry on her SPIN-approved fifth full-length, Un Dia.

What? A successful acting career doesn’t necessarily translate into triumphant musical achievement — just ask Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Lewis, Bruce Willis, and… well, you get the picture. Argentinean actress-turned-singer-songwriter Juana Molina, however, has been creating lovely strands of electro-folk since her 1996 debut, Rara. And this week, Molina pushes things further with the release of her fifth and most artistically daring full-length, Un Dia. Using patterns of disorienting melody delivered in layers of looped vocal and instrumental cues, Un Dia is an intriguing work of art from a true Renaissance woman — don’t get any ideas, Bruce.

Who? Molina began her acting career in 1988 on the Argentinean television show La Noticia Rebelde. Later, she starred in the more popular skit-based Juana y sus hermanas. After entering the music world with 1996’s Rara, Molina continued to write, produce, and perform the majority of her following full-lengths on her own.

Fun Fact: Proving that her vocal talents go beyond merely singing, Molina provided the voice of the fictional superhero Elastigirl for the Argentinean dub of the 2004 animated film The Incredibles.

Now Hear This: Juana Molina, “Los Hongos de Marosa”