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Local Valley

José González

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José González, the musically gifted and socially aware singer-songwriter, continues to evolve his recorded legacy of poised, compassionate modern folk music. For his fourth album González worked in his home studio near Gothenburg in his native Sweden on a collection of typically smooth, delicate odes featuring his voice and his collection of nylon-stringed guitars. The only technological intrusion here is the use of an iPad drum machine app. González's most recognizable sonic signature—and for fans also his most beloved quality—is the soothing, spellbinding quality of his high vocals which often show a Brazilian Tropicália influence and are usually looped in harmony with themselves. The brief opener "El Invento," where he ponders mankind's past and future and is one of the strongest songs written so far in his young career, is the first track he's ever released with Spanish lyrics (his family fled Argentina after a military coup in 1976, two years before he was born) and has the additional distinction of having been used as part of the 2020 Nobel Prize ceremonies. Inspired by his daughter, its phrasing and descending verses are Local Valley's most melodic moments. The album title, González explains, is a metaphor for humanity on earth: "two dogmatic tribes stuck in a state where they're unable to see things from the other's perspective, preventing them from establishing a more harmonic state." To emphasize the point, González alternates his singing among the three languages he’s fluent in: Swedish, Spanish and English. Despite his devotion to lyrical explorations of intellectual complexities and philosophical speculation—as he puts it "anti-dogma, pro-reason"—the music is surprisingly charming and simple. A melody like the repeated guitar figure at the center of "Tjomme" (sung in Swedish) which is then charged by a continual drum pattern is lively and appealing. On the gentle grooves of the Latin-flavored "Swing," in which he sings the key line, "Move your body buddy," in English, he's joined by the voice of his partner, illustrator Hannele Fernström. The chittering of songbirds that open the album's finale, "Honey, Honey" and are laced throughout "Visions" are a nice touch. And his measured cover of Iranian-Swedish singer's Laleh "En Stund Pâ Jorden" confirms its modern folk music classic status. González's quiet, nuanced and moving gifts resound. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
El Invento
00:02:33

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

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Visions
00:03:55

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

3
The Void
00:03:09

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

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Horizons
00:03:16

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

5
Head On
00:04:45

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

6
Valle Local
00:02:23

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

7
Lasso In
00:03:47

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

8
Lilla G
00:02:00

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

9
Swing
00:03:33

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

10
Tjomme
00:04:56

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

11
Line of Fire
00:03:08

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Tobias Winterkorn, Composer, Lyricist - Elias Araya, Composer, Lyricist - Published by KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

12
En stund på jorden
00:02:42

José González, Producer, MainArtist - Laleh Pourkarim, Composer, Lyricist - Published by MXM, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

13
Honey Honey
00:01:48

José González, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Stefan Kozalla, Composer, Lyricist - Published by KMR Music Royalties II SCS, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd; Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang 2021 Imperial Recordings under exclusive license to City Slang

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José González, the musically gifted and socially aware singer-songwriter, continues to evolve his recorded legacy of poised, compassionate modern folk music. For his fourth album González worked in his home studio near Gothenburg in his native Sweden on a collection of typically smooth, delicate odes featuring his voice and his collection of nylon-stringed guitars. The only technological intrusion here is the use of an iPad drum machine app. González's most recognizable sonic signature—and for fans also his most beloved quality—is the soothing, spellbinding quality of his high vocals which often show a Brazilian Tropicália influence and are usually looped in harmony with themselves. The brief opener "El Invento," where he ponders mankind's past and future and is one of the strongest songs written so far in his young career, is the first track he's ever released with Spanish lyrics (his family fled Argentina after a military coup in 1976, two years before he was born) and has the additional distinction of having been used as part of the 2020 Nobel Prize ceremonies. Inspired by his daughter, its phrasing and descending verses are Local Valley's most melodic moments. The album title, González explains, is a metaphor for humanity on earth: "two dogmatic tribes stuck in a state where they're unable to see things from the other's perspective, preventing them from establishing a more harmonic state." To emphasize the point, González alternates his singing among the three languages he’s fluent in: Swedish, Spanish and English. Despite his devotion to lyrical explorations of intellectual complexities and philosophical speculation—as he puts it "anti-dogma, pro-reason"—the music is surprisingly charming and simple. A melody like the repeated guitar figure at the center of "Tjomme" (sung in Swedish) which is then charged by a continual drum pattern is lively and appealing. On the gentle grooves of the Latin-flavored "Swing," in which he sings the key line, "Move your body buddy," in English, he's joined by the voice of his partner, illustrator Hannele Fernström. The chittering of songbirds that open the album's finale, "Honey, Honey" and are laced throughout "Visions" are a nice touch. And his measured cover of Iranian-Swedish singer's Laleh "En Stund Pâ Jorden" confirms its modern folk music classic status. González's quiet, nuanced and moving gifts resound. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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