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Junip, José González’s band, is back with a new self-titled sophomore album later this month. Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikel Cee Karlsson, Line of Fire, it is the first installment in a two-part series leading up to this release. Visually unnerving, it fits perfectly into the grooves of Junip’s music, itself also hypnotically unsettling, yet delicately beautiful. Line of Fire is best explained by Karlsson himself.

The video(s) tell the story of a tormented old man, stuck in a relationship that perhaps was not his choice, or preference to begin with. We see fragments from childhood, the first awkward kiss, the father watching over him. Making sure he follows the right path. The old man, like all of us, a person programmed by the convictions and beliefs of others. In the case of the old man, the unconscious suddenly manifest itself when a young, jeans wearing character appears in their home, forcing him to question who he really is.

Junip is a Folk Rock band that have existed since 1999 and formed by José González (guitar, vocals), Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, moog). Their first 7-inch came out in 2000, followed in 2006 by the self-released “Black Refuge” EP and finally their debut album, “Fields”, was released in 2010. Junip’s sound can be familiar to those who have listened to José González’s solo records. The songs are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy, with a remarkable sonic approach that is simultaneously intimate and atmospheric. Junip’s self titled album will be released later this month through Mute Records.

Mikel Cee Karlsson was born in 1977 in Varberg, Sweden. Mikel graduated from The School of Film Directing in Göteborg in 2005. He has directed award winning shorts and a number of highly acclaimed music videos for artists like Fever Ray, Bonde do Role and José Gonzáles. Mikel was also one of Swedish best skateboarders in the late 90s. His first feature film, the documentary Greetings from the woods premiered in 2009.

watch part two here

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