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José González


Country of origin:

Sweden

Type of music generally:

Indie folk-influenced pop-rock

Status:

Most recent release, Vestiges & Claws (2015)

See also:

José González's site

José González's Facebook page

José Gonzalez's band, Junip's site

Comparisons:

Nick Drake

Covers/own material:

Own; occasional co-written and covers

General comments:

This Swedish singer-songwriter of Argentine heritage writes short, voice-and-guitar songs. (JoAnn Whetsell)

another guy who gets nick drake comparisions..well josé is worth mentioning. he does the guy with a guitar thing very well. great voice and songs. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Veneer or In our nature

Recordings:


Veneer

Release info:

2003; 2006—Mute—9324-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

José González—guitar, vocals, percussion

Guest artists:

Stefan Sporsén—trumpet

Produced by:

José González

Comments:

quiet guy-with-a guitar stuff but very nicely done. he's good with the guitar and sings beautifully. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

I just love this album. It's more quiet than not, and very pure. José has such a beautiful voice. (JoAnn Whetsell)


In our nature

Release info:

2007—Imperial Recordings/Mute—9367-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

José González—guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Y. Nagano—backing vocals
E. Bodin—percussion
H. Wirenstrand—synthesizer

Produced by:

José González

Comments:

Quiet, yet passionate. (angeloskmail-ecto@yahoo.com)

Similar to Veneer, but more fierce. (JoAnn Whetsell)


Live at Park Ave: 01 March 2008

Release info:

2008—Mute Corporation—MUT94032

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans

Comments:

This short, intimate recording doesn't differ much from the studio albums, but it's a nice treat for fans. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Vestiges & Claws

Release info:

2015—Imperial Recordings/Mute—9612-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

José González—guitars, percussion, vocals

Guest artists:

Anna Melander—bass flute (4)

Comments:

Love this new album and its spacious and open sound. There are parts that are contemplative and quiet, and other parts that rock a bit more and remind me of his work with Junip. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Further info:

José González recorded an iTunes exclusive Live Session EP in 2006. His band Junip (with Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya) has released an EP, Black Refuge (2005), and an album, Fields (2010).

His songs appear on several compilations. Tracks only available on compilations include:

  • "Far Away" on the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack (2010)
  • "Hand on Your Heart" on Sweetheart 2010 (2010)
Collaborations include:

  • "I Want You Back" with Niccokick on his EP Turn 27 (2003)
  • "Blinded By The Numbers" with Jori Hulkkonen on his album Dualizm (2005)
  • "Send Someone Away" with Embee on the Send Someone Away EP (2006)
  • guest vocals on Zero 7's album The Garden (2006)
  • "Cello Song" with The Books on the Red Hot charity compilation Dark Was the Night (2009)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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