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Alternative & Indie - Released February 22, 2019 | Mute

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Pop - Released February 17, 2015 | Mute

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Film Soundtracks - Released June 24, 2014 | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Dance - Released March 1, 2014 | Mute

Don't let the name fool you; singer/songwriter José González is a Swedish-born and -raised son of Argentine parents. His debut album, Veneer, is a striking collection of hushed and autumnal indie pop bedroom songs that reside on the hi-fi end of the lo-fi spectrum. González is definitely a member of the "quiet is the new loud" school as founded by Elliott Smith and the Kings of Convenience. Veneer is about as intimate as they come; it sounds like he is sitting right on the end of your bed singing just for you. At times, González is a little more forceful than most of his schoolmates, often working himself into a tightly spinning ball of emotion (as on the driving "Lovestain" and the bluesy "Hints"). At these moments his voice is reminiscent of Mark Kozelek, only without the wild flights of pretension. Mostly though, he is content to cruise along on mellow vocals double-tracked behind gently plucked and strummed acoustic guitars. The beautiful "Heartbeats," "Deadweight on Velveteen," and the gently rollicking "Stay in the Shade" are the high watermarks of a remarkably focused and promising debut. González is a welcome addition to the q-school of indie pop. ~ Tim Sendra
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Folk/Americana - Released January 26, 2018 | Mute

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Folk/Americana - Released September 24, 2007 | Mute

José González earned himself a lot of fans with his first album, Veneer. Songs from it were placed in TV shows and featured in ads, he appeared on Top of the Pops and played festivals, and became a sought-after guest vocalist for electronic artists (Zero 7, Savath & Savalas, Plan B). His intimate, tender sound featuring just his voice and a skillfully played acoustic guitar struck a chord all around the world. The long lag between the recording of Veneer (which was originally released in Sweden during 2003 and only widely available in 2005) and the release of the follow-up, 2007's In Our Nature, might lead fans to think that time might bring about a change in González's sound. Those fears prove to be groundless. Despite teasing some changes with a fuller, more arranged sound featuring a backing band on the 2006 EP Stay in the Shade, In Our Nature is a near sonic clone of Veneer, right down to the cover of a classic electronica track (this time it's Massive Attack's "Teardrops"). This is great news for people looking for more of the same quiet, stark, but beautiful songs and performances, but if you were looking for some kind of change or progression, you're out of luck unless you listen quite intently and get past the smooth surface. What you'll find are more political lyrics (like on the opening "How Low," which shoots verbal daggers at war-mongering world leaders), more passionate vocals, some more forceful guitar playing, and a general sense of urgency and unease bubbling underneath the prettiness. It may take a few listens before the record reveals itself as a relative cauldron of restrained emotion, but it's worth the effort. Or you could choose to let the moody songs and melancholy atmosphere relax and sooth you. Either way the record is sure to please the fans who latched on to Veneer. ~ Tim Sendra
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Folk/Americana - Released October 21, 2014 | Mute

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Folk/Americana - Released July 31, 2007 | Mute

José González's debut album, Veneer, showcased an artist with an already firm grasp of songcraft and a real gift for displaying tender emotions without any hint of preciousness. On his 2006 EP Stay in the Shade, González has made subtle changes to his sound, expanding the scope the music and becoming more direct with his voice. It works very well, much like Iron & Wine's very similar transition. Of the five tracks on the EP, "Stay in the Shade" sounds most like a track from Veneer, because it is a re-recorded (and slightly better for it) version of a song that appeared there. The rest of the disc is filled with some fine songs that benefit from González's new approach. "Down the Hillside" features percussion and background vocal harmonies as well as González's most open and easy sounding song to date, far less introspective but no less affecting. "Sensing Owls" also features bongos and the same sense of expansiveness that is even stronger on his breathtaking cover of Kylie Minogue's "Hand on Your Heart." González could have a strong career just reinterpreting dance-pop tunes (his cover of Knife's "Heartbeats" on Veneer and this prove it), but judging how strong his first two records are, he also seems set for a long run as a sweetheart of the Quiet Is the New Loud set. ~ Tim Sendra
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House - Released April 30, 2017 | Seed Recordings

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2013 | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Pop - Released February 26, 2016 | Mute

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Folk/Americana - Released March 1, 2014 | Mute

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Pop - Released February 17, 2015 | Mute

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Pop - Released September 18, 2015 | Mute

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Pop - Released January 19, 2015 | Mute

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Pop - Released November 5, 2014 | Mute

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Folk/Americana - Released March 1, 2014 | Mute

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Folk/Americana - Released August 21, 2007 | Mute