Friday Mar 22, 2019 7:30 pm
Since releasing “In Our Nature” in 2007, José González has been steadily collecting ideas for new songs. José has been far from idle since the release of “In Our Nature.” Besides making two Junip albums and touring the world both solo and with the band, González has been active in the studio in various contexts. One project in 2013 was José’s input to the The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty soundtrack, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Besides previously released José and Junip songs, the film also contains exclusively written material as well as an interpretation of John Lennon’s ‘#9 Dream.’
“Vestiges & Claws” is, however, the first album where José has chosen to include exclusively original material, largely revolving around ideas of civilization, humanism and solidarity. But there is another side to José González’s songwriting on this album. The more than six minutes long ‘What Will’ sounds feverish, tight and angry. ‘Stories We Build, Stories We Tell’ focuses on a riff and the repeated line, “Ooh they’ll get to you, hope they’ll get to you,” sounding almost threatening.
Where José’s previous albums, “Veneer” and “In Our Nature,” might have sounded sparse and barren in parts, “Vestiges & Claws” has an altogether new feeling to it, at once warmer and darker than before. He talks about how he’s found inspiration in sprawling 70’s Brazilian productions, American folk rock and West African desert blues this time. And how he’s decided to waive the principle of having everything on the album reproducible in a live context.
José sums it up, “I’ve focused more on the role of being a producer this time around, I’ve spent more time thinking of what’s best for the song and the recording.”
Learn more at: www.jose-gonzalez.com
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