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Alternative & Indie - To be released February 4, 2022 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - To be released January 28, 2022 | City Slang

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Hip-Hop/Rap - To be released November 5, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 8, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 8, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 30, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 24, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2021 | City Slang

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 21, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 20, 2021 | City Slang

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Folk - Released September 17, 2021 | 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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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 15, 2021 | City Slang

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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 8, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 25, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 25, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 23, 2021 | City Slang

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Folk - Released August 18, 2021 | City Slang

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 11, 2021 | City Slang

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