There are certain musical experiences that come into your life almost perfectly. Sunday night, the weather still a mystery, classes out for summer, and the false alarm/hilarity of the Rapture already history, a set of serene yet cerebral tunes was the perfect remedy. Junip could not have made a stop at the Brighton Music Hall at a more appropriate time. Those who are familiar with Jose Gonzalez for his spectacular solo work know that while he is armed solely with a nylon string, his music is anything but simple. I quickly made the discovery on Sunday night that Junip adheres to this same trend, but are equipped with more tools and a diverse display of talents to create expansive layered constructions that are pleasant both to the ear and the mind.
Marking the final show of their US tour, Junip brought along Brooklyn up-and-comers The Acrylics to start the night off. The band provided a terrific warm-up filled with brilliant melodies from their recently released full length, Lives and Treasure. Tunes like “The Catacombs” provided a glimpse of what direction these guys are headed, somewhere in the realm of a less spacey Beach House, and more jovial sounding than the XX. The already packed Brighton Music Hall seemed to really enjoy their set, sending them off with warm applause. The crowd was noteworthy as well; A nice mix of young hipsters and older folksters, there to witness how Junip’s LP, Fields, converts to the live stage.