As we had recently mentioned, and much to our excitement, the ever wonderful and talented Argentinian artist Juana Molina is ready to follow her incredible 2013 album Wed 21, which was one of our 15 Album Picks of the Year. The upcoming album, Halo, sees Molina continue an experimental path. Its twelve tracks “abound with hypnotic rhythms which seem to draw their energy from immemorial rituals;”, describes the album’s accompanying blurb. “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.”
Halo features contributions from her longtime band members Odin Schwartz and Diego Lopez de Arcaute, and Eduardo Bergallo, and also Deerhoof’s John Dieterich who appears in a couple of tracks. The album will see the light of day on May 5th via Crammed Discs and Molina had previously offered a marvellous teaser video. Now the bewitching ‘Cosoco’ has surfaced as the first single from Halo. We’ve been listening to it over and over again. Here it is.