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feel like she pushes all my buttons

http://image.punkreas.org/javiera-mena.jpg

tell me about her

dayo, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 11:58 (nine years ago) link

http://www.ciudademergente.gov.ar/home08/assets/fotos_bios/fotos_pop_rock_javiera_mena.jpg

that synth looks pretty heavy... you might get back problems later on in life!!

dayo, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 11:59 (nine years ago) link

this is like all i've listened to for the past 48 hours, so great

salem witch bile (Tape Store), Wednesday, 13 October 2010 17:32 (nine years ago) link

how did this album appear, fully formed, out of nowhere

it is a mystery

dayo, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 23:37 (nine years ago) link

how did this album appear, fully formed, out of nowhere

Maybe you missed her first one. The new one's not really a surprise.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 October 2010 00:45 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnEQTFkakvU

This is a track from the first one. I love the video almost as much as I love the song itself.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 October 2010 00:47 (nine years ago) link

yes I did johnny fever. tell me more about her

dayo, Thursday, 14 October 2010 00:54 (nine years ago) link

also her last album came out in 2006

dayo, Thursday, 14 October 2010 00:57 (nine years ago) link

I don't really know too much biography-wise, but I do know she embraces the '80s in a slightly different way than a lot of other aesthetically similar acts (Glass Candy, La Roux, etc). She fearlessly tackles the side of the '80s that's not really cool now. There's some stuff on the first album which could pass for not-quite-top-40 schmaltz from 1987, but the detail in the production and arrangements make it clear that it's absolutely no mistake what she was going for. "Al Siguiente Nivel" is definitely the most earwormy song on the first album (released in 2006 in Chile, then re-released in other regions in 2007, which is when I caught wind of it).

The new album lacks a real whopper single like "ASN," but I think overall it's a better execution of her ideas. The production, structure and whatever else just sounds fuller. Both are worth hearing, though. Also, a song called "Ausencia" that came out in between the albums. It's a slow-burn, synth thumper ballad with an edge.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:02 (nine years ago) link

wow @ that video, it's gorgeous

I guess what strikes me right now about her songs is the admirable sense of restraint, every synth effect and patch seems specifically tailored to where it appears in the song, it's really quite remarkable how everything just...fits

dayo, Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:06 (nine years ago) link

http://javieramena.indicevirgen.com/tapajavieramena_2.jpg

awesome

dayo, Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:12 (nine years ago) link

Sorry for getting all James Murphy "I was there" earlier. I honestly thought she was more of a known commodity than she apparently is.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:24 (nine years ago) link

hah np. this is the first ilm thread on her I think

dayo, Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:33 (nine years ago) link

The cover for the new album does weird things to my eyes:

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7ydh6O5R51qzkqqho1_400.png

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:38 (nine years ago) link

I love the really prog synth sound in "Acá Entera". I think it's the same as "Touch and Go" by Emerson Lake & Powell.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:56 (nine years ago) link

:( i can only find one of her songs from some random compilation. (i mean to purchase digitally. i don't use itunes.) guess i will have to go buy her albums irl!

teledyldonix, Thursday, 14 October 2010 16:31 (nine years ago) link

Sorry, I don't know where everyone on ILM lives, but if you're in the US or UK both albums are available for download on Amazon.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 October 2010 16:33 (nine years ago) link

this stuff is fantastic.

adam, Saturday, 16 October 2010 19:42 (nine years ago) link

crushin hard on the pic in the OP

samosa gibreel, Saturday, 16 October 2010 20:08 (nine years ago) link

The album will likely make my top ten.

TSJ loved it. My favorite song, which I did not expect, is the ballad "No Te Cuesta Nada," which has the same synth vibe as Will to Power's cover of "I'm Not in Love" (which should tell you something about her affinities).

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 16 October 2010 20:40 (nine years ago) link

"Sufrir" is perfect. Obsessing over this even more than I did "Al Siguiente Nivel."

fffv, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:26 (eight years ago) link

hah np. this is the first ilm thread on her I think

― dayo, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:33 PM (5 days ago)

there was a thread on her maybe on the sandbox? she's definitely well-loved on ILM iirc.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:28 (eight years ago) link

well I think she is good enough to warrant two threads!

xp yes, the little chopped up bit at the end of sufrir gets me every time

dayo, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:32 (eight years ago) link

man esquemas juveniles may be even better than mena!!

dayo, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 13:20 (eight years ago) link

so beautiful I want to melt

dayo, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 13:24 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqOR3dwqljs

love how batshit this gets in the final minute

dayo, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 13:35 (eight years ago) link

loving this

just sayin, Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:17 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Newer ilx thread:

latin american hipster shit

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:31 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

she just got announced for Primavera. this pleases me.

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Thursday, 3 March 2011 15:44 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

God, what I wouldn't give for a Javiera Mena U.S. tour.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:46 (seven years ago) link

yes! been on a Mena kick lately and found actual hard copies of her records and am loving them more the more i hear 'em

epigram addict (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 22 April 2012 14:52 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

New Javiera

H/t to AiM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S94UJ449P-M

乒乓, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 22:48 (five years ago) link

I hope the goodwill I have from my belated discovery of her last album isn't shaping my judgement of this, which is extremely favourable.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 23:31 (five years ago) link

I thought she was going to take a lengthy break from making music, but now I can't remember how long ago I read that. Apparently a while ago.

This sounds great!

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:20 (five years ago) link

I'm loving this, perhaps not as much as "Luz de Piedra de Luna", but almost.

daavid, Saturday, 7 December 2013 01:30 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Javiera doth rule
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqNTdNCU2y8

making plans for nyquil (outdoor_miner), Friday, 10 January 2014 16:23 (five years ago) link

Holy shit, I guess I've been overlooking this thread. This is great.

Also, I guess it goes without saying that this is another Canada directed video.

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Friday, 10 January 2014 16:56 (five years ago) link

Awesome

skip, Friday, 10 January 2014 17:17 (five years ago) link

Amazing! Feel that Espada was the moment I fully jumped aboard the Mena-bus.

Ramnaresh Samhain (ShariVari), Friday, 10 January 2014 17:25 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

OH YYYYYYYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 21:13 (five years ago) link

just what i needed for the summer

dyl, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 16:03 (five years ago) link

Dunno if she's ready yet to release another album, so I'll just go ahead and predict this track lands at #45 in the year-end poll.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:43 (five years ago) link

New album in September I think.

popchips: the next snapple? (seandalai), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:44 (five years ago) link

Oh good!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:46 (five years ago) link

This is fantastic. Very happy to hear their is a new album coming out soon but would be even happier if it came out in time for the summer.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 19:19 (five years ago) link

oh my fucking god, this song

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Friday, 13 June 2014 14:53 (five years ago) link

those pinballing synths in the middle eight that envelope the song 'til the close are everything

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Friday, 13 June 2014 14:56 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

"La Joya" video is on-brand:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5oSXpoWg5U

dem bow dem bow need calcium (seandalai), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:11 (five years ago) link

I love that synth solo.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 17:04 (five years ago) link

i recognize that there are distinctions among latin american countries, but it was my recollection that indie pop had some currency in both chile and argentina (which ,per every definition i know, are latin american countries), at least it once did. i said nothing about mexico.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:45 (four years ago) link

Alfred has his own special definition of latin america iirc

keep the meat alive: pampas grass (wins), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:48 (four years ago) link

Latin America is Cuba. Just Cuba.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:49 (four years ago) link

saying 'this music has some currency in latin america' does not imply that it's equally popular in e.g. mexico, argentina, belize, the dominican republic, etc.

never underestimate ILX's ability to be tooth-gnashingly pedantic. but i love you, anyway, alfred.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:50 (four years ago) link

i recognize that there are distinctions among latin american countries, but it was my recollection that indie pop had some currency in both chile and argentina (which ,per every definition i know, are latin american countries), at least it once did. i said nothing about mexico.

This makes more sense. I mentioned "Mexico" only as an example of a Spanish-speaking country nothing like Chile.

wins reminds me: Yeah, I was taught that "Latin America" stretched from Mexico to Panama. South of Panama was a continent called South America. And Cuba wasn't a part of Latin America at all – it was an island in the Caribbean. Same for the DR.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:56 (four years ago) link

a side note: "Latin" is a meaningless adjective anyway. I have a native-born friend whose mother is a naturalized citizen born in Florence, Italy. He likes to call her Latin American.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:58 (four years ago) link

it's not meaningless in the sense that it has some intersubjective meaning if i told most people, e.g., "i have been travelling a lot around latin america," they would know what i meant.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:25 (four years ago) link

I love you, North American scum

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:42 (four years ago) link

I love Pide.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:44 (four years ago) link

Have been assuming it's a song about

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/03/c8/0e/9d/chicken-pide.jpg

legit new threat wrt to a norman invasion (seandalai), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:47 (four years ago) link

I agree with you, amateurist, re Mena's melodies sounding influenced by that Iberian twee circa 2000… but to my recollection that sort of thing was never at all popular in Latin America (perhaps Entre Rios being an exception).

The thing that bothers me about Mena's singing though is not her melodies but her phrasing, which is sort of typical of South American indie and it kind of grates of me. I can only get past it because the music is incredible.

daavid, Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:22 (four years ago) link

I have grown to really love this album, with "Otra Era" and "Sincronía, Pegaso" being the stand outs...but that can change based on the day. I'm finding it hard to compare it with MENA since they seem like such different beasts.

Also, it looks like there is some countdown clock on her website counting down to Monday. Hopefully, that's when we can order the physical version.

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Thursday, 6 November 2014 17:43 (four years ago) link

wtf @ Alfred using "Latin America" as a synonym for "central america"

― jaymc, Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:16 PM (9 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

jaymc, Thursday, 6 November 2014 17:46 (four years ago) link

i think this album is much better than mena

dyl, Thursday, 6 November 2014 17:59 (four years ago) link

this is really great

do all her albums sound like peak era kylie

J0rdan S., Thursday, 6 November 2014 19:33 (four years ago) link

Not really sure but Esquemas Juveniles is also really good

Mena is about half very good half okay

, Thursday, 6 November 2014 19:35 (four years ago) link

nah, mena is 100% great, esquemas juveniles is about half very good half okay. they get less kylie-esque as you go back, afaict, but i'm no kylie expert.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 6 November 2014 20:06 (four years ago) link

Mena is definitely 100% great, just not in the same way as Otra Era.

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Thursday, 6 November 2014 21:55 (four years ago) link

her videos are usually great but the one for otra era is surprisingly dull

anonanon, Thursday, 13 November 2014 18:50 (four years ago) link

nah, mena is 100% great, esquemas juveniles is about half very good half okay. they get less kylie-esque as you go back, afaict, but i'm no kylie expert.

― karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, November 6, 2014 3:06 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark

Yeah I realized I had it mixed up, this is the correct opinion

, Thursday, 13 November 2014 19:30 (four years ago) link

you guys the "espada" video

jaymc, Thursday, 27 November 2014 07:01 (four years ago) link

it's a masterpiece

dyl, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:39 (four years ago) link

javiera era era era era era era

death in Skegness (seandalai), Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:18 (four years ago) link

la carretera reminds me of a perfume song

dyl, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 03:49 (four years ago) link

^

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 04:02 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGfY0aIvIZg

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Monday, 23 November 2015 20:39 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRzDWozhMN4

CarlosDP, Tuesday, 1 March 2016 02:50 (three years ago) link

When the ILM Lollarooella fest happens, we've got to make sure she's near the top of the bill.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 03:15 (three years ago) link

^^^^^^^ Ain't that the truth.

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 19:44 (three years ago) link

Really cool show! The live clips I'd seen before were super ropey but I guess now she has the experience and the budget to make the most of her limitations.

conditional random jepsen (seandalai), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 00:32 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

New jam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhQTABZGYew

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 3 November 2017 21:26 (one year ago) link

low key...I assume I'll get into it after a few listens

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Saturday, 4 November 2017 00:43 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

All I want is a space launch outro so I can post "javieraaaaaaaaaaaa" :(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzrwsUHc9fs

it was stale, and I did not like it, as the man said, &c (seandalai), Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:22 (one year ago) link

Here for this

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:24 (one year ago) link

yeah that is excellent

niels, Sunday, 25 March 2018 10:33 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Apparently she has a new album out tomorrow! Looking forward to hearing it. The singles so far have been so good.

kitchen person, Friday, 27 April 2018 02:05 (one year ago) link

Just hit play on it a moment ago. Will report back.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 27 April 2018 04:06 (one year ago) link

I approve!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 27 April 2018 04:40 (one year ago) link

Excellent! Seems like a great day to be alive with this and Dirty Computer coming out on the same day.

kitchen person, Friday, 27 April 2018 04:44 (one year ago) link

This album is pretty streamlined, fits together well, easy listen. Janelle's is kind of a sprawling mess, so I'm not sure where I'm at on it yet.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 27 April 2018 05:05 (one year ago) link

this new record is so good! i think I've found my summer album.

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 27 April 2018 19:05 (one year ago) link

V nice!

Simon H., Friday, 27 April 2018 19:06 (one year ago) link

Excellent! Seems like a great day to be alive with this and Dirty Computer coming out on the same day.

― kitchen person, 27. april 2018 06:44 (sixteen hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

And Grouper! Pretty crazy day, honestly.

Frederik B, Friday, 27 April 2018 20:47 (one year ago) link

wait this is out today??? brb

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 27 April 2018 20:54 (one year ago) link

"Alma" and "Espejo" are incredible and this is so good, easily my second favourite of her albums already

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 09:00 (one year ago) link

The new album is lovely. It's not hitting me the same way Otra Era did, but there's some gorgeous stuff here.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 14:15 (one year ago) link

This is...her least interesting album? Fault is probably mine, I just miss being launched into space...

it was stale, and I did not like it, as the man said, &c (seandalai), Thursday, 3 May 2018 22:14 (one year ago) link

^^same here

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 May 2018 08:27 (one year ago) link

I think you guys are all crazy. The vocal melodies on this are much stronger on this, they don't stay in the same narrow range that they did Otra Era.

boxedjoy, Friday, 4 May 2018 09:24 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

low-key but not-at-all-bad Mecano cover

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4GDduAJoY0

britain's secret sauce (seandalai), Sunday, 6 October 2019 16:33 (one week ago) link


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