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Junodream's new ‘Travel Guide’ Mixtape is out now - featuring the new track ‘White Sunday’

Junodream’s new ‘Travel Guide’ Mixtape is out now - featuring the new track ‘White Sunday,


“Indie music never sounded so exciting for me” - Jack Saunders, Radio 1
                                “Compelling alt-rock.” - DIY
                                “Their impeccable songwriting has caused a storm of underground hype.” - Clash
                                “Hugely promising.” – Breaking Act, Sunday Times Culture
                                “Nostalgia-inducing vocal melodies blended with otherworldly guitars.” - The Independent
                                “Heavy with atmospherics and emotion.” - Dork
                                “I predict good things. It’s in the lineage of great British music.”  Felix White, Radio X


Lockdown should be the worst environment for a rising live band to emerge from, but Junodream have been flourishing in recent months. They were recently named Radio 1 Future Artists Tune of the Week and Jack Saunders has consistently championed the band, highlighting them in both the Next Wave and Future Artists segments, while other key airplay has included John Kennedy at Radio X plus BBC Introducing. Meanwhile, they’ve just sold-out their headline show at London Omeara and streaming support has constantly grown, culminating in two big cover moments: Hot New Bands at Spotify and Indie Britain at TIDAL
                                Junodream now crown their recent achievements with today’s release of their brand new mixtape ‘Travel Guide’. Listen HERE. The band’s most ambitious body of work to date, the mixtape is released alongside the new single ‘White Sunday’
                                The ‘Travel Guide’ mixtape is informed by new ideas and sounds. Set to a wider hybrid of influences from synth-pop to punk and even prog, Junodream take us back to 2000 and the potential for a bright new future that was promised by the new millennium. The benefits of an increasingly digital world are countered by the claustrophobia of 24/7 rolling news and the constant demands of progressively more polarising social media. On a more personal level, it also looks at how perceptions change during the transition from childhood to adulthood, and the realisation that seemingly innocent events often had a darker undercurrent.
                                Junodream commented, Everything now feels charged with a doomsday atmosphere, like Y2K twenty years on. We wanted to capture that anxiety: climate change, advertising, destructive tourism and paranoia. it’s a soundtrack to the end of the world. We’re also at that point where childhood innocence has almost completely evaporated, so being a bit cynical with nostalgia is really revealing. There’s a darker layer you can never be aware of as a kid.”
                                These themes are prevalent throughout the previous singles ‘Let Me Breathe Again’‘Eden Burns’ and ‘Travel Guide’. In contrast to the wilder sounds that preceded it, the new single ‘White Sunday’ is a beautiful cinematic ballad that feels akin to an unlikely merger between Radiohead and George Harrison.
                                The band added, “‘White Sunday’ tells the story of a guest who is struggling to deal with a hangover at a family wedding. His inner turmoil is ramped by the purity of the wedding as he realises his own life is lacking any emotional fulfillment. Riddled with shame and anxiety, he just falls apart.”
                                The ‘Travel Guide’ mixtape is completed by two new pieces of music. The expansive instrumental ‘NY2000’ establishes the mood of a world on the cusp of change, while the interlude ‘Niugnep’ captures the anxiety and confusion as those hopes spin off into very different realities. 
                                After recently playing the virtual Great EscapeJunodream are set to make up for lost time with a mixture of festivals and headline shows throughout the remainder of the year. Tickets for the dates, listed below, are available here:
                                7                       Sheffield, Get Together Festival
                                12                     Gopsall, 110 Above Festival
                                29                     Cotswolds, The Big Feastival on BBC Introducing Stage
                                25                    Bristol, Dot To Do Festival
                                26                    Nottingham, Dot To Dot Festival
                                NOVEMBER - HEADLINE TOUR
                                23                     Guildford, The Boileroom
                                24                     Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
                                25                     Newcastle, Think Tank Underground
                                27                      Edinburgh, The Great Western Festival
                                30                     Birmingham, Muthers
                                DECEMBER - HEADLINE TOUR
                                1                        Leeds, Oporto
                                2                        Manchester, Gullivers
                                3                        Nottingham, Bodega
                                4                        Bristol, Louisiana
                                7                        London, Omeara (SOLD OUT)
                                9                        Brighton, The Prince Albert
                                10                     Southampton, Heartbreakers