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New Music | Junip – Your Life, Your Call

[S]wedish trio Junip have a new album on the way and we have just been sent the fantastic single “Your Life, Your Call” to share with you fantastic people. The self-titled sophomore release will be available April 23rd on Mute Records and this new track reverberates the Junip sound in pulsating fashion. While the vibe may not be typical the message is steeped in the band’s well known heartfelt harmony, and it is instantly recognizable while sounding decidingly different. José González, Elias Araya and Tobias Winkerton could release an album built entirely around a washboard and kazoo and still manage to…

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New Music | Junip – Line of Fire

Junip – Line of Fire [I] almost can never get enough of Jose Gonzalez and his band Junip’s sound. It’s an effortless soundscape that seems to be rolling down a mountain in a slow babbling river, its slow ambling and comforting sound, and his melodious voice rolls in to an almost trance / lullaby state.  The swedish group will be dropping their next album this spring on Mute, and if this is any barometer of the record, I’d say we’ll be talking about them quite a bit more come release time.


Remix | Junip – In Every Direction (DEJrJr)

Junip – In Every Direction (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Remix) by Mute Artists

Junip recently released a new EP (In Every Direction) that included 3 remixes of In Every Direction, above the remix is by indie band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and 3 unreleased b sides ( one of which was posted here).

The band will also be touring like crazy, so be sure and get out and see these guys play, they are absolutely awesome to see live and well worth the cost of admission.

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Video | Junip – In Every Direction

Junip’s In Every Direction appeared on their fantastic album, Fields, and has finally gotten video treatment.  Fields was a really special album, and I can say it a million times, Jose Gonzalez’ voice is purely angelic.  These guys are hitting the road again, and I highly suggest you seem them live. Buy the album here Tour dates: 03-14 Mexico City, Mexico – FMX Festival De Mexico 04-20 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace 04-21 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop 04-22 Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig 04-23 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle 04-24 Evanston, IL – SPACE 04-25 Minneapolis, MN –…

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New Music | Junip – Näckrosdammen

Junip – Näckrosdammen by Mute Artists Junip today released Näckrosdammen, an instrumental piece in anticipation of the release of a new digital EP featuring “in Every Direction”, a few new songs and remixes. No date for the bundle yet, but as always this is a super smooth jam, Junip’s laid-back latin influenced style is really great to listen to and totally beautiful.


Junip at the Royale with Sharon Van Etten

Playing to an ecstatic crowd, Junip hit the Royale last night for their first stop on a cross-country tour. An intimate evening of music was the perfect way to spend this cold Boston night.

First up was the relatively unassuming Sharon Van Etten. To date, I had only heard a small sample of her music, specifically her track Don’t Do It. For fans of acoustic guitar singer-songwriters, Van Etten has a great expressive voice and plays a traditional folk style. But on this night, she was backed by a band, plugged in and, as her mom puts it, “rocking out.” Carefully tuning between songs, she seemed a bit nervous with the silence of the room. Song after song, gaining rapport with the crowd, she became more at ease. The crowd loosened, and soon everyone was sold on her talent.

When Junip’s members arrived on stage, the crowd sure did multiply. It got a lot more packed in, and people were chomping at the bit to hear Jose Gonzalez’ smooth vocals and the ambient sounds of his band. Backed by Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards), and Elias Araya (drums), Gonzalez began the set with a single strum of his guitar, opening with Rope & Summit from their new album Fields. Instantly recognizable, the crowd hung on every one of Gonzalez’ gossamer words. The band filled in the sound with atmospheric keyboards and light bongos, and the room came to life. Minutes into their set, Junip’s ability to simply and elegantly layer together latin jazz guitar, electronic keyboards and percussion shone.

The crowd totally ate it up, even with the band’s calm, chill demeanor. Everyone was fully with Junip. The entire crowd swayed and bopped through an hour-long sonic journey capped off by a three-song encore including breakout single, “Chickens.”

Although their success is slightly hinged on Gonzalez’ popularity, these guys put together a sound that is unlike anything out there. Last night was the first stop on their North American tour; they will cross the continent twice, deploying their special brand of electronic and latin-infused folk, and are certainly worth the price of admission.

Listen to Junip’s Always, or buy the album here

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Upcoming Show | Junip

Always In Every Direction Junip is a project featuring Swedish singer José González and some his closest friends. The band began 10 years ago, but was sidetracked by the success González found with his solo projects, particularly his album Veneer.  Formed in Sweden in the late 90’s the alt / acoustic folk band released their most recent album Fields in September 2010. The band plays mellow yet danceable folk with a worldly rhythm bringing a Latin jazz feel to each song. The work of keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn injects rich,  ambient sounds while all is complemented with Gonzalez’ soft vocals that have a…

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Stream Junip’s new album Fields in full

Junip’s brand new album released last week, and in case you were on the fence (you shouldn’t be) I’ve got the full album stream here.  The album, as expected, is totally fantastic, and now you can try before you buy.

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Once your done listening, and falling in love, check out tour dates for Junip, including a night here in Boston.

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