To the Grain
Label: City Slang
Over a decade after forming Junip, the childhood friends of singer/songwriter/guitarist Jose Gonzalez, drummer Elias Araya and keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn finally release their debut album. Gonzalez's rocketing solo career kept Junip sidelined for years, but it certainly didn't affect the trio's synergy. Fields is a lush mix that's downtempo yet dynamic. Gonzalez's timbre is as serene as a father comforting his child; Araya's motorik beats flutter with the rhythm of the road; and Winterkorn's psychedelic Moog offers the perfect platform to daydream away. An ideal road-trip soundtrack.