José González is a Swedish folk artist of Argentinean ancestry. Mastering classical guitar and finger-picking techniques, González exists in the same realm of Nick Drake, The Tallest Man on Earth, early Devendra Banhart and Rodrigo Amarante from Little Joy, where Spanish and folk influence meet the familiarity of indie-style, anglophonic singing. Similar to his contemporaries, González approaches his songwriting on two fronts, swirling ethereal vocal melody with tight, impeccably delivered chords; movements where lyrical prose and sonic motif lie peacefully alongside one another, waltz hand-in-hand, debate or spar at his command. He again demonstrates that, fundamentally, music needs little more than a voice and an idea to be a captivating, immersive experience.
Since 2003, José González has released 3 LPs: “Veneer” (my favourite of his), “In Our Nature”, and this year’s comeback, the gorgeous “Vestiges & Claws”. He was also a featured singer with The Books, covering Nick Drake’s “Cello Song” for the indie HIV fundraiser compilation “Dark Was The Night” (https://youtu.be/1FwU230utKY).
Favourite track: Hints (https://youtu.be/T7ZlA5MBleE)… 2 chords and a few words.