Junip bring psych-frazzled, pastoral indie-folk to UK
Gothenberg folk-rock trio includes Jose Gonzales
Gothenburg trio Junip – singer and guitarist José González, percussionist Elias Arya and keys player Tobias Winterkorn – formed 12 years ago, but they’ve only just recently released their debut album, Fields. So we thought we’d bend the rules of Exposure slightly this fortnight to introduce you to their gently psych-frazzled, pastoral indie-folk thing, and also to give us an excuse for a chat with González, a successful solo singer-songwriter in his own right.
Your solo career probably explains why Junip have been such an on-off concern over the last decade and more, no?
Yes, I’ve been touring a lot. We haven’t been working on it each day, so in a way it’s a bit weird to say that we’ve been a band for 12 years – we just kept the name.
And Fields is all new material?
Exactly – we decided just to do new music. It’s new music with old friends.
It must be quite refreshing to find yourself in a new band again all of a sudden?
Yeah, definitely. Our ambition isn’t to have super-hits. If we can fill a room with 300 people that’s perfect. Going back to basics is no bad thing.
As a solo artist, you’re probably best known for your cover of The Knife’s ‘Heartbeats’, which soundtracked that Sony Bravia ad with the bouncing coloured balls on San Francisco streets. Did Sony give you a nice big TV set for your troubles?
Yes, they did actually.
The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 9 Oct. Fields is out now on City Slang/ Cooperative Music. See www.cityslang.com for a free download of Junip’s first single, ‘Always’ (Run Roc remix), or watch the video here