Happy New Year, folks! I’m going to start 2014 with some leftover picks from 2013 that are too good to skip over.
This week some worldwide groovers.
Juana Molina -
Hailing from Argentina, TV actress Juana Molina has an on-again/off-again musical career that was, thankfully, on-
again with Wed 21 released last fall. Hers is a sound that defies categories and genre: it’s groovy and
electronic but also folk and intimate. Whatever niche you want to try and cram it in, it’s undeniably addictive… this
one hasn’t left my rotation for several months, with new sounds to discover each time. This got some good year-end
press, but if you somehow missed out, do yourself a favor and check it out.
Spotify: Juana Molina: Wed
Juana Molina: Wed 21
Last year one of my favorite late-year discoveries was the French brain-tweezers Melody’s Echo Chamber. So it
shouldn’t have been a surprise that Moodoïd fills that role this year, considering it’s fronted by Pablo Padovani, the
guitarist for Melody’s. This EP is a stunning 4-track jammer, a perfect mix of old school French pop and take-your-
Spotify: Moodoïd: Moodoïd
Courtney Barnett -
The Double EP: A Sea of Split Pea
Hailing from Australia, Courtney Barnett is one of those you’ll want to acquaint yourself with quickly (if you haven’t
already), because listening to her music, it’s pretty clear she’s a singer that might be going places quickly. This
album is actually two mostly DIY EP’s taped together, but Barnett’s songwriting style and conversational singing tie it
all together into a hoot of a listen. Like the best singer/songwriters, she finds art in the mundane, and seems to take
singing about getting f’ed up to more interesting places to most. The track “History Eraser” has reached “can’t get
enough of” status for me recently.
Spotify: Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea
of Split Peas
Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea of Split
Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Written By: Aaron Stein