Music Monday – Junip

It’s not Monday, but because of holiday weekend, we’re behind schedule anyways. So just pretend with me, won’t you?…

Ever since I watched “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, I’ve been drooling over Junip. The Sweden-based trio comprised more than half of the film’s soundtrack, creating the perfect aural setting for the scenery surrounding Walter Mitty. Fronted by José González and featuring the talents of Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn, the band formed in the late ’90s as more of a hobby for the childhood friends and was González’s initial claim to musical fame.

After releasing their debut 7″ EP in 2000, Junip took a lengthy hiatus while the boys each pursued careers in separate avenues. The trio reunited in 2006 and continued to write and record together to complete their first full-length record, Fields, in 2010. A few years later, Junip shared a more refined side of itself with a self-titled LP.

Most accurately described as psychedelic folk-rock, Junip‘s music is airy and refreshing, with simple chord progressions and rhythmic percussion that makes for an easy listen without putting you to sleep, although it very well could if you wanted it to. González’s vocals are simple. Instead of trying to compete with the instruments, his soft crooning only enhances the beauty of Junip‘s melodies. “Line of Fire” (video above) is an excellent example of how Junip blends haunting minor chords with bolder synth tones to create a dynamic piece of music.

Araya, the band’s former drummer, left the band following the release of their most recent album. Junip has no future plans of touring, but they will be appearing at the Fourth of July weekend of Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Regardless of being able to see them live, their music is worth lending an ear to.

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