This is an album for breezy summer nights bathed in orange streetlight. Swedish trio Junip have really outdone themselves on their second EP Junip (released April 23rd on Mute). There’s a subtle tenderness to everything; the tracks melt into a beautiful, evocative memory of dusky June evenings walking with your crush’s oversized jacket on your shoulders, sweeping dust into your tennis shoes. Everything is meaningful and gentle but fleeting.
Their previous record, Fields (2010) is certainly the friskier and fierier of the two. If I were breaking both albums down into their elemental molecules, Junip would be the mercurial, liquid stream quenching the aggressive embers of Fields.
So these are my favourite tracks, in the hopes of persuading you to check out this great album: Line of Fire – deliciously evocative of ending-credit rollouts – Suddenly – fuzzy, warm and vaguely folky with its echoed lines – Walking Lightly – meandering, smiling journeys – After All Is Said and Done – I’ve never loved vibraphone more.
5/29 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (2nd Show Added!)
5/30 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA **SOLD OUT**
5/31 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA
6/1 – Bimbos – San Francisco, CA
6/2 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
6/4 – Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/5 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/8 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
6/9 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
6/10 – Great Hall –Toronto, ON
6/12 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
6/13 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
6/15 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC
6/16 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA