Junip - MUTE
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Zack Kraimer on April 24, 2013
Junip’s second full-length finds them occupying the same melancholy, earnest spaces as their last, but the Swedish trio have since outgrown some restrictive boundaries. José González’s smooth, honeyed vocals and nylon-string plucking are more timbres than lead presences, and to great success. Tobias Winterkorn’s varied, otherworldly Moog swells unify the tracks, and Elias Araya’s decisive percussion is the essential foil. “Villain”’s fuzzy stomp marks a welcome departure, while the psych-folk radiance of “Line of Fire” is familiar yet re-energized.