Swedish trio Junip has been in limbo for a decade while vocalist/guitarist Jose González got sidetracked by the surprise success of his solo career. The soft serenity of his singing will be familiar to his indie folk fans, but on this long-delayed debut LP, the music also pushes toward more rhythmic, shambolic territory thanks to keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn's and drummer Elias Araya's contributions.
Oddly, considering González is often maligned as slightly dull, it's the considered restraint he and his Junip cohorts put on late 60s psych and sun-drenched folk that make Fields such a heady, satisfying listen. Rope & Summit and the breezy Always establish a steady, propulsive beat that never falters. Accented by González's charming harmonies, close-mic'ed guitar work and Winterkorn's hazy, retro synths, the album is a headphones record that reveals new depth with every listen.
Top track: Rope & Summit