José González Resurrects Junip for New Album, Gets His Own Documentary
Published Feb 16, 2010After breaking through with 2003's Veneer, Swedish indie folk artist José González followed it up with 2007's In Our Nature, but has remained relatively quiet since then. Before he made it as a solo artist, however, González cut his teeth as a member of the trio Junip, who are now ending their dormancy.
The band, rounded out by keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn and drummer Elias Araya, released their debut EP, Black Refuge, in 2005. Now, they're putting the finishing touches on a new album, which is due out this year. Other than that, there's no other information about the album as of yet, but stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you're still aching for something new from González, don't fret. The artist's everyday life has now been featured in a new documentary called The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González. The film was directed by Fredrik Egerstrand and Mikel Cee Karlssons, and premiered in Europe last month.
TwentyFourBit points to a Variety review that does a good job explaining the documentary.
Here's an excerpt:
Shot over a three-year period (although the chronology is never specified), the pic shows Gonzalez on tour in Japan, Singapore, Spain, the U.S. and U.K., and in his rehearsal studio, trying to compose songs for his second album, In Our Nature - and pondering life's persistent questions, such as how the mind works. From time to time, cheery, childlike animation illustrates Gonzalez's voiceover narration. Best animated sequence depicts the meeting of Gonzalez's parents during Argentina's "dirty war" years, their flight to Sweden and his birth.