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When he’s not making gorgeous, spare folk-pop on his own, José González leads the pastoral folk-pop trio Junip, and they’ll follow up 2010′s Fields this spring with a self-titled sophomore album and a second London date at the O2 Shepards Bush Empire.
Junip 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.
It’s a sweet, sensual and inward-looking sound that Junip makes — one not totally divorced from the style of their best-known member, José Gonzalez. In 2003, Gonzalez became world famous for his debut solo CD, “Veneer,” on which he matched his hallowed voice to acoustic guitar chords, as dark, heavenly and richly arpeggioed as those of the late, great Nick Drake.
Together, Junip’s second offering is just as rich as ‘Fields’ in its illustrious textures and acoustic layers, but it somehow seems more channeled and more polished. This no doubt is a sign that the three friends are maturing both in their relationships, their music and almost certainly, gearing up for something special when taking the record on the road.