The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Saying that a dude named José González is Swedish seems incorrect, but we‘ll go with it. In keeping with the tradition of fellow Swedes like Björk and The Tallest Man on Earth, José González has been cranking out some very heartfelt and personal music since the early 2000s. With two studio albums and a handful of EPs, González has already proven his worth as a singer-songwriter, so why wouldn‘t he try his hand at making music with a full, cohesive band?
Junip is that band. And Junip sounds a lot like González‘s solo stuff, as it should. But Junip is also about growth. González has grown—he‘s added a drummer and a keyboardist/organist. The sound has grown—it‘s become fuller and more realized. González‘s warm, earnest vocals howl and hum over ringing nylon-stringed guitars, silent cymbals, handclaps and bright keyboard tickles (imagine Phoenix playing Radiohead‘s “I Might Be Wrong”). There‘s something ominously charming about Junip‘s sun-behind-the-clouds sound. Whatever it is, it‘s bound to captivate.
Listen to the warm strums of "Always":