To close out my series of articles about José González and Junip, I did not want to neglect adding my review of the video "Always" from Junip's new album, Fields. The video is directed by Andreas Nilsson, who also directed other videos for González ("Teardrops" and "Killing for Love").
It begins in a karaoke bar with a man enjoying a refreshing beverage when he suddenly breaks into this interpretive dance move and zaps a guitarist's instrument away. He doesn't stop there. He then does a serpentine move, crawls along the floor, then zaps the instruments out of the hands of the Junip band. But something happens... they play on.
Thereafter, they're escorted into a room where this rock guy frantically pops out from behind a screen, to teach the band how to play air guitar. Attentively, Junip looks on. Then they are caged and escorted onstage, to participate in an air guitar championship. Then, the freaky interpretive dance guy looks on at the accomplished band, as they play the song "Always," from within, sans instruments.
Of course, Junip doesn't need equipment to rock out on stage. The music doesn't die, it lives on, from inside them. Overall, the video doesn't do the song any real justice. The best parts of the entire video are seeing the band together, doing what they do best, and seeing a smile on the face of José González .
Enjoy the video "Always" from the album Fields due out September 14, 2010 from Muse Records.