From The Desk Of Juana Molina: “Mateo Solo Bien Se Lame” By Eduardo Mateo

It’s a good thing that Argentine artist Juana Molina cut her showbiz teeth acting in humorous ’80s/’90s TV shows, because the singer—who’s just released her seventh album, Halo—is practically living a real-life sitcom. Her daughter Francisca, now 23, has moved out and wants nothing to do with the family business, which dates back to Molina’s high-profile folks, tango singer Horacio Molina and thespian Chunchuna Villafañe. But the comedic axis on which Molina’s life revolves is Rosa, her ex-husband’s nanny, who stayed on after their divorce more than a decade ago. Molina even penned a tune for her housemate called “The Gift,” but it didn’t make the final Halo cut. Molina will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on her.

Molina: Mateo was an Uruguayan musician. Completely ignored at the time. I was lucky that my dad recorded a few backing vocals for this record, so I got it when it came out. I was about 10 years old. I can’t tell what it was exactly, but it became one of the most important records in my life. Lo-fi and warmth. Beautiful melodies and intricate-yet-natural guitar playing.