Junip, José González’s band, is back with a new self-titled sophomore album later this month. Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikel Cee Karlsson, Your Life Your Call, it is the second part of the ongoing story leading up to this release. The characters – a man and woman who fall in love, grow older and finally grow apart - were first introduced back in the first video. Now, digging deeper into the family’s dark secrets, the video continues with the story of the old couple and introduce a shirtless teenage boy who dances with the wife while leering at her husband. Director Karlsson explains at his intention.

The idea was to make a short film divided into two parts where each part is influenced by a separate song but still maintains to create a whole.
The story is partly told on a subconscious level where fragments of memory, along with subjective fears and dreams, are manifested, and just as relevant as anything else in the ‘real world’ to comprehend the characters and their actions. It is the experience of life in all It´s dark and comical absurdity.

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 one here

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