Imagine you’re riding in a convertible at the end credits of an 80’s movie with an electronic beat and the lyrics sung completely in Spanish. There’s a romance in not knowing what Julieta is singing, but there’s wistfulness in her voice that suggests it’s about love and loss, and I don’t want to spoil the mystery by checking Google Translate. Sometimes the feeling an album evokes by how it’s sung is more important than the lyrics, such is the case with Julieta who sounds like a Hispanic Suzanne Vega with her blending of genre of electronic, folk and pop music. The album title translates as “Something Happens.” I think it sums up the fragility and uncertainty of emotion, but maybe it just means that life is a random series of events and sometimes it’s better to just go with the flow than try to assign any meaning to it.
Originally printed in Issue #324 of the Kirkby Extra, September 2015.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.