After a 5-year hiatus, JUNIP have returned to work on a new album and play a live European tour. Junip is most well known as the band of José González, known for his solo covers of Joy Division, the Knife and Massive Attack, but with influences ranging from Neu! to John Martyn, Junip sound mostly like Junip. They take González’s softly plucked guitar and unhurried vocals and pair them with a louder sound and underlying current of hypnotic rhythms. They craft their indie folk into dark, moody and sometimes haunting songs, while still keeping the beauty that made González’s solo work famous in the first place.
PRAISE FROM THE PRESS:
“Their sound is a mix of nylon stringed guitar, his distinctive voice, organs, analogue synths and drums. The songs are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy.” – Rough Trade
“José González is a sight to behold live, with his soothingly lucid vocals leading you along a wonderful journey of transient bliss; it’s nothing short of magical.” – Subba-culture
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WOODPIGEON’s chamber-folk concoctions of banjo, glockenspiel, choir and Mark Hamilton’s diffident vocals make for thoughtful melodious moments and joyous rock-outs. Combining the mystical comic-book fantasies of Mark’s lyrics with the sparkling music of the band, comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and his delightful ilk aren’t far wrong, setting Woodpigeon up to be the next great Canadian breakout band. Fronted by Mark Hamilton, Woodpigeon’s music moves and contorts like a film soundtrack. Lush, grand moments complement Mark’s signature cinematic “pretty-pretty-pop” sound.
PRAISE FOR ‘TREASURY LIBRARY CANADA’
“4**** Bloody marvelous” – Sunday Times
“4**** Seductive” – MOJO
“4**** an inspiring meditation on exile and return” – Guardian
“4**** Melodic and affecting.” – Q
“Delightful … poetic and effortlessly gorgeous.” -THE WORD
“Lovely … relevant, modern and orchestral … these are songs for a range of emotion.” -THE NATIONAL POST
“Extravagant shows of brasses or strings spiral out … Hamilton’s light, resilient voice is tailor-made for mulling on the deceits and realities of what we see and do.” -THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“Strings soar … and voices blend like a cool breeze hitting the ocean mist … Woodpigeon take flight with an ease that their name wouldn’t make you believe.” -EXCLAIM!
“Understated beauty with an unshakable longing … meet your new indie folk heroes.” -SUBBA-CULTCHA
“Hamilton’s delightfully dour and lovelorn lyrics and sprightly, sweetly mellow music, makes the morse seem wholly palatable … accomplished, quietly intelligent, playful and really rather enchanting.” -BBC
“Rich acoustic chamber pop with quietly barbed lyrics.” -UNCUT
“A tapestry of plaintive guitar, shuffling snare drums, twinkling glockenspiel and handclaps … from swirling blizzard chamber-pop to hushed alt.country … adrift in sweeping landscapes.” -METRO
“A perfect balance of grandeur and intimacy, delight and melancholy. Treasury is a left-field gem … you can’t help but fall in love with.” -CHROMEWAVES
“The next great Canadian breakout band.” -NOW