Hats off to Jens Lekman for the heads up on Javiera Mena, the Chilean pop siren with whom he collaborated earlier this year. We don't know much about the songwriter, except that she released her debut, Esquemas Juveniles, which was rapturously received by an eagle-eyed few back in 2006.
She followed it up in April this year with Mena, a record that plunged head-first into all things electro, disco and Italo, emerging with an absolutely stellar set of productions with the unabashed pop edge of Robyn and the niche cool of recent revivalist darlings like Glass Candy and Nite Jewel. But with more depth than any of the above.
Seriously, you need this record in your life.
...and here's the Jens duet: ...and here's an older track more in the pop classicist tradition, with a stately ripple of piano and generous, softly unfolding melody. Oh hark at us, we've gone all gushing: