Particularly striking pieces on Junun include the layered build-up of "Allah Elohim," which features evocative vocals, brooding guitar and melodic trumpet embellishments. The contemplative, hypnotizing "Ahuvi" finds the musicians exploring dissonance and a more minimalist approach than preceding tracks, its strings, lonely guitar and vocal strongly atmospheric.
The looping "Hu," revolving around the sound of the sarangi, builds into a melodically hopeful and triumphant number, a steady beat grounding the instrumentation as the vocals soar. "Junun Brass" is a full-sounding instrumental with a danceable, thumping beat, while "Kalandar" is full of tension and curiosity, driven by bounding synth and flute.
With Junun, Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express succeed in creating a textured and energetic collection of songs that transcend genre and the generalizations often used when describing non-Western music. This is music to be embraced and celebrated. (Nonesuch)