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September 13, 2010

The folk pop of Swedish-Argentine singer José González is seductive, especially his covers: See his gorgeous take on the Knife's "Heartbeats." But the music he makes with his old band is doubly so. Mostly dormant since 1999, Junip are hypnotists. González's classical guitar and weightless tenor float over soul jazz, Afrobeat, Ethiopian funk and krautrock, and the lyrics touch on spirituality and self-realization. "Intuitive stories aren't easy to unlearn," González instructs on "Off Point." But the grooves are all about losing yourself.

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