Genre-defying Buenos Aires singer/songwriter Juana Molina returned this year with her first album in four years, Halo. Like 2013's Wed 21, it was released on Crammed Discs (most of her previous albums are on Domino). Here's an excerpt of PopMatters' 8/10 review of the album:

On every album she releases, she revels in the eerie, dancing with shadows and painting with echoes. Long-awaited Halo (it’s been four long years since Wed 21) is no exception, a masterpiece based on minimal electronics and wispy vocals—but which also sometimes rises into a chorus of melodic howls or a quorum of furious strings. Everything Molina sings sounds like an incantation; her lyrics dwell on potions, spells, love, mirrors, and the moon. Her featherweight voice has a tendency to sway, to take on an almost inhuman quiet.

Her whole production style is given to simmering rather than exploding. It’s rare for a track to feel full, and the negative space that remains is an important part of Molina’s elusive aesthetic. When she decides to add instead of subtracting, the effect is all the more powerful for the carefully calculated sonic absences throughout. Single “Cosoco” is the most linear track on the album, a whirlwind of guitar, drums, bass, and synth that goes nonstop for a good five minutes.

Juana Molina has tour dates coming up, including NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on September 18 (tickets). All dates are listed, with a stream of Halo and an accompanying short film, below.

Juana also sings guest vocals on the upcoming Deerhoof album.

Juana Molina -- 2017 Tour Dates
Aug 12 Teatro San Gines Santiago, Chile
Sep 12 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA
Sep 18 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
Sep 21 Sala Corona Puebla, Mexico
Sep 25 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA

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