SOUNDS LIKE: Lord Huron, John Vanderslice, and, obviously, José Gonzalez
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The band’s 2010 release, Fields, was an acoustic/chillwave masterpiece
Odds are good you’ve heard José Gonzalez’s fantastic tenor and perfectly plucked nylon strings at some point, whether you know it or not. Whether covering The Knife in a commercial for Sony, contributing that same acoustic skill to British Duo Zero 7, or even while you were crossing the border into Mexico in Red Dead Redemption, Gonzalez’s music seems to pop up everywhere, and that’s a good thing. The Swedish-Argentine Gonzalez has reassembled the trio Junip, which he recently described as “somewhere between a German jazz band and an African pop band,” for a self-titled follow-up to the spectacular Fields. The band has released the first single from the record, “Line of Fire,” in which Gonzalez’s quiet guitar is eventually overpowered by an orchestral wall of sound. It portends great things for the full album, which will be released this spring.