Latest release: “Fields” (Mute)
Who: The name will be unfamiliar to most American listeners, but the voice is unmistakable: It’s José González, the Swedish singer-songwriter famous for his ethereal solo acoustic work. Junip actually pre-dates González’s solo career, but the international success of his debut album “Veneer” delayed the release of this, the trio’s first proper album.
What they’re saying: “An album to savour when autumn leaves are falling—and through the rest of the year.” – The Guardian
What we’re saying: Pitched somewhere between González’s hushed solo work and his more expansive, electro-soul collaborations with Zero 7, “Fields” manages to sound lush and restrained all at once. González is clearly the star, but drummer Elias Araya is a magician at giving livelier tracks like “Howl” and “Off Point” a hypnotically Krautrock-like quality with a minimum of fuss, and Tobias Winterkorn’s keyboards are a ghostly, subtle counterpoint to González’s resonant voice and percussive guitar work. It’s on par with “Veneer”—and that’s saying a lot. – Andy Hermann
Official website: http://www.junip.net/
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