2008's Un Día, available on vinyl for the first time, is Juana Molina's fifth album, in a career dedicated to following a most inspired and inspirational muse. Un Día is a hypnotic record, restless, alive with melodies that surface imperceptibly before burrowing into your brain, never to leave. It's a record informed by an ever shifting and polymorphous sense of groove, rhythms writhing over and inside each other, played out on wood and cymbal and bombo legüero, and woven from electronic glitches. "I noticed rhythm on my previous records was tacit, there but concealed," explains Molina. "For this record, I aimed to make what was obvious to me obvious to others, to bring it to the front, like a hidden layer in Photoshop."
This approach informs more than just Un Día's rhythms. These songs are bright and playful; for all their seeming complexity, the melodies and harmonies of tracks like "¿Quien? (Suite)" lock into place instantly, the gentle and trance-like conversation between coos and sighs and handclaps and murmurs building to nagging, chiming hooks and refrains. And while she previously experimented with ambient and electronic music – and while those experiments still indelibly color her approach – Un Dia is a warmly human record, Molina's voice played to the foreground, gliding dreamily through the tangle tentative rhythm on the blissful eddy of "No Llama," sighing urgently along with the spectral guitars and keyboards of "Los Hongos De Marosa."