This is acoustic euro-gypsy-vodka-punk from the Rocky Mountains, infused with romantic fin-de-siècle decadence. It’s not literally faithful to any one specific musical tradition, but it sounds completely authentic nevertheless; She Lost Her Head contains nine original and two traditional songs, performed with total commitment and a real sense that the band is living the life its music represents. There is a distinctly central European vibe to the music, both in its insistent off-beat rhythms and in the deep joyful melancholy expressed by its modalities and its soulful delivery. This is music to share vodka (or absinthe) to, to dance to in a big, happy, drunken crowd, to sing along with while tears stream down your face, a soundtrack for the sunrise at the end of a long night of half-remembered revelry. Juana Ghani are a beautiful band, playing right from the heart with inspiring intensity; this is communal, inclusive, life and death music.
Oliver Arditi September 25, 2014
Wonderful, wonderful artistry!
B Noel Barr, Lunch at the Barr (HotMix106.com) 2012
The music is a savage, unrestricted mix of tradition, overlaid with rocking dynamism, suffused with unstoppable gypsy lust and dark desire, with an added touch of punk attitude. The soul of a wandering troubadour meets with a ‘take it or leave it’ approach built on the free-living nomadic essence that sets up home where the wheels stop turning. There are no boundaries and fewer restrictions, recognised or accepted. The intense feeling of musical freedom is so strong you could reach out and touch it. This album is as close to musical theatre as much as it is a sound recording, and it’s highly addictive. One listen tugs you into Juana Ghani's world of Eastern European inspired multi-influenced music and lyrics with a pull so strong you’re instantly living it.
Tim Carroll, Folk Words July 23, 2014