After a long period of anticipation, Junun is here. The album, a collaboration between Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead’s Jonnny Greenwood, and the Rajahthan Express that was recorded by Nigel Godrich at a fort in India, is getting amazing reviews. Pitchfork gave it an 8.0 last week, writing that the album is “readily approachable” despite its “complex backstory and multilingual lyrics.” This album is not cultural tourism, Pitchfork writes, but is rather a unique and captivating release that squares with the minimalist traditions of the likes of Philip Glass, La Monte Young, and Terry Riley. Read the whole review here.
The making of the album was filmed by PT Anderson, and the A man A plan A canal staff was fortunate enough to get a chance to watch the stunning documentary at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA. But while the 50-minute-long movie was full of amazing performances, there were a few that didn’t make the cut. Nonesuch has posted one of these outtakes to YouTube, and it can be viewed below.