Uncut recently did a feature on Junun, combining a review of the album and PT Anderson-directed documentary thereof with a short conversation with Jonny Greenwood about the making of the collaborative album with Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express. “Junun slots neatly into a lineage of musical artifacts capturing the raw activity of cultural exchange,” the magazine observes, “from Buena Vista Social Club to Africa Express. But instead of playing up its audacious collisions – east meets west, Israel meets Islam – these 13 songs feel more about natural chemistry and mutual understanding than grand statements. …The recording avoids any sense of explicit leadership, feeling like the product of a democratic whole.”
Check out the feature, here, to not only read Uncut’s take on the album but to learn from Greenwood about how it came together and about how he and producer Nigel Godrich applied their shared experience making Radiohead albums to this project.