Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has always been one to push the boundaries of modern music. Whether its in Radiohead, his solo work or collaborations like this one with Israeli composer and musician Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express, a group of indian Qawwali-musicians. Produced as the soundtrack to the new Paul Thomas Anderson of the same name, 'Junun' aims to bridge the gap between western and eastern sounds to create an album of incredible musical fusion.
While focusing mainly on the traditional influences of the middle eastern region where the film was made, it is mainly on the production and seldom seen electronic moments where you get to see Greenwood make his mark. He has aimed to make another culture's musical direction as palatable as possible and from just a few listens, you can tell that this is a work of brilliance throughout.
'Junun' is certainly a record that aims to prove a point, that under it all there are certainly elements of music we all find appealing and this release shows that to be true. A brilliant snapshot of culture and vibrancy through all involved.