It’s Good to Be Home
Juana Molina’s house has become part of her music. There are so many pictures taken there as well as interviews done there that sometimes I feel a little bit creepy when I realize that I know parts of her house quite well. However, you shouldn’t imagine anything extraordinary of her homestudio, since it’s actually just a room with her instruments and recording tools. But that’s all she needs.
Juana inherited her house form her grandmother. It’s in Pacheco, in the outsides of the city of Buenos Aires, and therefore, she is closer to nature, which is so important in her music. “The thing here is that I have very large windows so I can see outside when I’m recording”, she said to Beca Grim from Paste Magazine last year, “And I don’t use electric lights in the day. That’s much better than having turn on the lights in a very dark, no-windows studio.”
But besides feeling organic, Juana’s music features actual nature sounds. “I’d really rather be listening to that [nature] than a record, because you have a different symphony every day”, she said to Scott Wright from Popmatters in 2006, “Because birds, they are the same instrument, but they don’t play the same sound every day”. When we listen to her albums we can hear the ambience of the studio, since nature is present when she records.“When I listen to the music I record, the birds and nature are there, so I just decided to make it part of the record. It’s not something I brought from somewhere else. It’s not an African bird. It’s not in the middle of the jungle. It’s just around where I work”.
Besides, her home studio gives her the possibility to record whenever she wants and with much time as she wants; she doesn’t have any kind of pressure! If Juana’s music sounds lonely is because she is alone when she writes and records. “When I’m alone I can do anything, absolutely anything, and if I don’t like it I just delete it, and no one would ever, ever know! But if someone is there, I will try to be good all the time and not do silly things. If you don’t do silly things, you will never discover anything new”, she said to Julianne from Rookie last year. Maybe it’s because I know Juana so well, but it happens to me that when I listen to her albums, even if I can identify all the different instruments, I know that they are all coming from her.
Part of why Juana Molina is such an integral artist is because her lifestyle and values coincide with what we, the listeners, can listen to in her music. When I listen to her albums, I feel that she isn’t hiding anything from us and that she is now completely free.
Juana is has taken over One Week One Band this week to cover Juana Molina and it’s been one of my favorite OWOB series in a long time.