The Cedar Presents
JUANA MOLINA with Lady Midnight
Sunday, September 9, 2018 / Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm
$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show
This is a seated show. Tickets are available online, by phone, nd at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Juana Molina is a good witch. See the front cover of this album: a bone is looking at us! And when a bone looks at us, we’re being watched by the entire history of paleontology. The bone is a sign of having been, it’s the last remain, after the passage of vultures, hyenas, rodents and worms. But the bone became lever, weapon and inscription surface. And the bone is also Stanley Kubrick, that name we invented for jumping from the monkey to the superhuman, as well as from the caves to the moon, to Jupiter and beyond. In ancient folk legends, buried bones were believed to be the cause of luz mala (‘evil light’, also known as ghost lights or will-o’-the-wisp), that strange halo above the ground and scares travellers at night.
But Juana Molina is a good witch, and this particular bone isn’t sinister or menacing, it wants us to reconcile with its kind. It’s both playful and serious, ironic, imaginative and quite magical, just like Juana’s music.
Halo is Juana Molina’s seventh album, and it pursues the experimental path she began years ago, marking a new milestone in the evolution of her own, unmistakable voice. She’s “on an evolutionary journey of her own devising” (Pitchfork), and pushes once more her “eerie, hypnotic” music “to increasingly haunting heights (as written by Spin magazine about her previous record).
The twelve tracks in Halo abound with hypnotic rhythms which seem to draw their energy from immemorial rituals; with timbral explorations and ever-changing soundscapes; with mysterious lyrics often touching on witchcraft, premonition and dreams, always used as metaphors for emotional states; with voices which sometimes move away from word and meaning to be reduced to abstract phonemes and onomatopoeia.
Juana approaches music in a very physical, intuitive way: every instrument and electronic resource is an extension of her body, and is used to express feelings and moods. It’s magic, in its oldest sense: art or techné, which articulates knowing with doing, in order to produce something which didn’t exist before.
Halo was recorded in Juana Molina’s home studio outside of Buenos Aires, and at Sonic Ranch Studio in Texas, with contributions by Odin Schwartz & Diego Lopez de Arcaute (who have both been playing live with Juana for a number of years), and Eduardo Bergallo (who has taken part in the mixing of her previous albums), with Deerhoof’s John Dieterich making a guest appearance in a couple of tracks.
On May 5th 2017 Halo was released to critical acclaim worldwide, shedding formal pop structures to reveal more of Juana’s own artistic voice (Pitchfork). It was followed by a tour through Europe, USA, Japan and Latin America, including a cycle of shows in her hometown, Buenos Aires, and a circuit of festivals all over the globe. Juana’s set was selected one of the best performances of Sónar Barcelona 2017 by The New York Times, and Halo as one of the best albums of 2017 by The Guardian and Stereogum.
Her moods and parallel worlds are not only reflected in her music, but also in her videos. The playful videogame-based clip for ‘In The Lassa’ follows Jane Bone’s Adventures, while ‘Lentissimo Halo’ unfolds as a short film with a frame by frame animation technique (involving an inkjet printer, laser film paper and soy sauce). The haunting and eerie representation of ‘Paraguaya” complements the music by adding deeper layers.
"Lady Midnight has developed her chops by playing in wide-ranging groups like the electro-pop trio VANDAAM and the horn-fueled Afro-Cuban band Malamanya. There's never been a better time to take a closer look at this entrancing singer, however, as she emerges as a solo artist. [...] It's hard not to picture Sade lounging on a yacht in the Caribbean, or Lady Midnight herself coolly driving around town with the top down." —Andrea Swensson, The Current
Lady Midnight has been featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s Lowertown Line and MN Original. Formerly lead vocalist of afro-cuban band Malamanya, she is a member of underground electronic group VANDAAM and ensemble member of 9th House, a collaborative project from Twin Cities elite MC’s I Self Devine & Muja Messiah with whom she performed at the 2016 hip-hop festival Soundset. In addition she has contributed to past and upcoming recorded projects from Brother Ali, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Sarah White, Jayanthi Kyle, Maria Isa, Mike the Martyr, Adept, Sloslylove and Noahs Heark (RBMA Paris alum).