On the off chance that Junip have passed you by, they’re a Swedish trio fronted by alt-folkie Jose Gonzalez who’ve already released two EPs but are finally ready to show off their sweet, gentle rhythms in the shape of debut LP ‘Fields’. It opens with the beautifully catchy ‘In Every Direction’, the organ humming through Gonzalez’s wavering, tender vocals and moving quickly onto ‘Rope and Summit’, which is just as captivating. All over the record vocals echo above mantric rhythms in a Yeasayer vein. Hints of Radiohead can also be found, especially in ‘Off Point’, which builds upon layers of synth over hypnotic riffs. With Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ/synth) the guys formed in the mid-nineties but were put on hold while Gonzalez pursued his solo career – a break without which may not have given them time to hone these deep and intricate stylings.

By Danielle Goldstein

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