Song of the Day: Junip ‒ Always

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Todays selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is “Always” by Junip from their 2010 album Fields on Mute Records.

Junip – Always (MP3)

Most people know singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez from his amazing solo guitar work; however, before all that he had a great little band called Junip. The band released their EP, Rope and Summit over the Summer which helped fuel their new full-length album, Fields.  Push Jose’s amazing guitars a little to the background, add some percussion and keys by fellow Swedes Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn, and you’ve got the building blocks for one fantastic trio.  Even given the new additions, our featured song “Always” still manages to highlight Gonzalez’s stellar guitar work and his distinct vocals as well as any of his solo material. True fans of his other work shouldn’t be disappointed, but the percussive element does an interesting new twist. Fortunately, it’s pretty hard to screw up a band with Jose Gonzalez as your frontman. In this day and age, it’s great to see a truly established solo musician like Jose Gonzalez going back to his roots. We can’t wait to see what surprises he has in store for us next.

The band has a number of upcoming shows in Europe which you can read more about on their website and some additional tracks you can listen to on their MySpace page. The band is scheduled to play at Neumo’s in Seattle on November 10th. In the meantime, enjoy the official video from our featured song “Always”:

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