EP Review: Junip's Rope & Summit EP Is an Exciting Precursor to the Band's Forthcoming Full-Length

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Junip will be at the Vera Project on June 19.
Artist: Junip

EP: Rope & Summit

Release date: May 25

Label: Mute

Rating (Skip, Stream,

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EP Review: Junip's Rope & Summit EP Is an Exciting Precursor to the Band's Forthcoming Full-Length

  • EP Review: Junip's Rope & Summit EP Is an Exciting Precursor to the Band's Forthcoming Full-Length

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    junip-rope-summit-ep resize.jpg
    Junip will be at the Vera Project on June 19.
    Artist: Junip

    EP: Rope & Summit

    Release date: May 25

    Label: Mute

    Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy): I would say buy, but you can actually download it for free on Junip's website (here)

    A lot of blogs right now are buzzing about Swedish songwriter Jose Gonzalez's new band, Junip. Junip isn't a new band though - Gonzalez formed the trio with drummer Elias Araya and organist Tobias Winterkorn in the late 90s, but the project got shelved once he made it big as a solo artist with his stunning cover of the Knife's "Heartbeats." Now Junip is back in the picture, and a decade later, the forthcoming FIELDS will be the band's first full-length. FIELDS won't be out til September, but the Rope & Summit EP is out now and contains four new tracks.

    The new songs have all the right Gonzalez hallmarks - classical nylon-string guitar and his remarkably tender and lucid vocals. The difference is that Junip's material has much heavier focus on the percussions - shadowy synths and organs and rhythmic drum beats. "Rope & Summit," for all the ominous suicide references in the lyrics, has a shuffling, moveable tempo, and the song's looping repetition (five and a half minutes of "Got a rope and summit/ Got a rope and summit/ But we need to wake up/ We need to wake up") make it completely mesmerizing. "Far Away" reproduces that tapping rhythm, while "At The Doors" and "Loops" are foggier, drifting into hazy keyboard and guitar sections and quieter vocals. Winterkorn recently told me that FIELDS is a diverse record, with each song differing sonically from the next. Rope & Summit confirms that, and serves as an exciting precursor to what should be a brilliant album.

     
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