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Junip

Junip (City Slang)

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Fri., Oct. 4, 2013

ACL Music Fest 2013 Saturday Reviews

Junip

Junip (City Slang)

This Swedish folktronic band has long been back-burnered to guitarist José González's solo career, yet this year's self-titled follow-up to 2010's Fields provides solid evidence that the six-stringer's most interesting work takes place under the Junip umbrella. "Line of Fire," a slow-burning bit of mood building, sets the tone for the entire journey. Songs like the grooving "Suddenly" and "Villain," vaguely reminiscent of the Black Keys with its fuzzed-out guitars and stripped-down drums, unfold slowly in intriguing patterns that eventually start to emerge from the wallpaper. "Walking Lightly" plays out similarly, Tobias Winterkorn's Moog swirling and droning in an ambient haze. The band pulls its emotional punches with all the opaque atmospherics, but ultimately, Junip takes the listener where they want to go as long as they surrender to the ride. (3pm, Honda stage)

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