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“In our case, it’s never simple.” José González is describing the entire process – writing, recording, life – that went into the creation of Junip, the upcoming, self-titled album from the band he fronts alongside drummer Elias Araya and keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn, due for release April 23rd, 2013. “All the ups and downs were very ... Read more in Amazon's Junip Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B003TYAYZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11. Tide

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Debut album from José González - fronted rock band
JUNIP was formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the late '90s by José González (guitar, vocals), Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, moog). Their first 7" came out in 2000 and they self-released the Black Refuge EP in 2006. RCRDLBL distributed the 2009 single "Chickens/Azaleadalen". Junip has periodically gathered together and recorded when schedules permitted, but this is the first time the members will focus exclusively on the band. Their sound can be familiar to those who have listened to González's critically acclaimed records, but added to the mix on top of his nylon stringed guitar and distinctive voice are organs, synths and drums. The songs are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy.

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Their sound is unique and every song is good.
Roger P. Camacho
After having this album for only one day, I can already tell its one I will love for a very long time.
brokendrum85
The music focuses on Gonzalez's trademark acoustic strings.
Rafael Cova

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Junip is the band that includes guitarist/vocalist Jose Gonzalez, who produced wonderful albums Veneer and In Our Nature. As much as I love those two albums, I find that the addition of drums and keys on "Fields" expands the types of songs Gonzalez can do and improves their overall listenability.

At the risk of damning with faint-sounding praise, these songs are pleasant. But that's no small feat, creating an entire collection of songs none of which breaks the spell that the low-key instrumentals and understated singing produces. Nothing Junip does is ever likely to grace a karoake collection--the songs are not tuneful in that way. But there is a sense in which the sophisticated poetry is carried along by the bouyant melodies and unobtrusive percussion that is very compelling and works on two levels: Fields can be wonderful background music for a gathering, but the lyrics are such that they will reward more mindful reflection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By brokendrum85 on November 30, 2010
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After having this album for only one day, I can already tell its one I will love for a very long time. Every song is good in its own right. Buy It!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Cova on October 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Sound that is slowly enveloping you and taking you to that atmosphere where we hope to be, JUNIP (José González, Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya) makes music that glows. Their springy guitar riffs flicker around the mix like light on water, while an oozing old Moog synthesizer adds undulations of its own. Meanwhile, soft drums keep the rhythm fleet.

Junip it's as tidy and clean as anything, just as elegant, as melancholic and very pleasant, is a perfect album, I recommend the limited edition comes with 3 discs (two previously released ep's). The music focuses on Gonzalez's trademark acoustic strings. You can feel his fingers on them, drawing us close. Winterkorn's snaking Moog lines add lust and depth, while Araya's drums contribute speed.

It's an album that would be difficult for some love, others will be eternal love, in which I include myself, is a quality production that at times makes the game of diffuse, other times you see the dust kicked up by the wind, but simple or complicated it is a lovely album.

The mix of talent and creativity of these three musicians results is remarkably strong, the genres that blend here, from folk to Krautrock, make for an interesting album, of course is not for everyone, perhaps by the minimalist sense or repetitive sense in any case, in my personal opinion is excellent in every way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy H. Rainey on October 15, 2010
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Junip's new cd Fields is at once original and timeless. Gonzalez' vocals mix in and simply become another instrument yet the lyrics soar and make you perk up to listen more closely. Each song, while remaining in theme, has a different feel and never gets old. Wondering about life, wandering through relationships and time, death and love...all these with new 'old soul' eyes.
I would reccommend this album to many - from those who love the old Danny Kirwan Fleetwood Mac days to those listening to the newer things such as Death Cab or Carey Brothers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theo Ballgame on October 30, 2010
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Once again, thanks to the magic of satellite radio, I have discovered a marvelous little gem of music. I heard 'Rope & Summit' and was immediately intrigued. Bought the cd based on that song and have been listening to it steadily for the last week. The music is not something to burn a barn to, but it is certainly music to dream and drive by. Simple little melodies with quirky additions which serve to give each song a personality and feel. I love the lack of bombast! Interestingly, the vocals sound like the Stone Roses (early 90's--their 1st lp is still great)without the ripping electric guitars, which only adds to the dreaminess and sublety of the whole cd. GREAT chill music.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Williams on August 3, 2011
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I first heard this band on WXPN's World Cafe and was struck by the dreaminess and addictive qualities of the boys' work. However, after purchasing the album, I am wondering what horrible mess occurred between the microphones and the pressing plant.

This album sounds as if it is playing on a turntable with a wad of dust on the stylus. The vocals are poorly mixed, with heavy, dissonant bass occluding any clarity of vocals that might be present. I sent the first copy back to Amazon, as I was sure it was defective. 2nd copy just as bad. I can't help but wonder what has happened. Post-recording equalization can't remedy this; it's in the mix.

It's really frustrating to have a great songwriting and playing team produce an unlistenable album. Sadly, it's a chore to listen to songs that were so well played and recorded on the 'XPN show now full of distortion and poor mixing.

I listen mainly on a high-powered, audiophile stereo system; my iPod is secondary or tertiary listening. This sounds horrible on all.
If it were full of crumby ditties, I would chalk it up to experience; I've wasted lots on that. The songs on this could have been fantastic, if only the recording matched the talent of the band.

Wishing WXPN would release the band's appearance there so I could throw this garbage in the dumper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ruble on October 31, 2010
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Wow! When I first listened to this I had no idea Jose Gonzalez was their singer. I actually thought his voice was similar, but he sounds so much better with such a great fullness in each song, as there are good layers of sound and solid atmospheres created. I always liked his voice, but never felt he hit the mark in terms of the style I wanted. He totally nails it here. He breaks away from a narrow folkish focus and seems to bring the similar qualities of Jim James from My Morning Jacket and Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead into the mix. This is a psychedelic-rock album for sure, which is wonderful for me, but the vocals remain soft and peaceful throughout, keeping a meditative (not boring) feel for the entire duration. This album seems simple, but the timing is precise and put together with a master's touch...GREAT PRODUCTION. I am really surprised, I had no idea Jose Gonzalez was this good. I'm not saying his solo work is bad, but this is just a different level. This is a beautiful recording and a potential classic. It does have that magical timeless quality. What a pleasant surprise! This will be getting heavy rotation for quite some time.
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