I fell in love with José González ’s music when I saw him perform last year with
Zero 7, The Knife and solo, all during one concert. His debut album Veneer revealed his unique ability to craft beauty through precision and simplicity. It offered irresistible melodies, songs with thoughtful lyrics and a melancholic vibe that sound like classics from a golden singer/songwriting yesteryear.
I don’t often have high hopes for second albums, they’re rarely as good as acclaimed debuts (i.e. Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, The Bravery, Editors). But I never expected any less from José, and with In Our Nature he proved me right.
You feel absorbed by this music, it’s so shamelessly serious and dedicated. José will drawn you into the purity of his vocal rhythms and acoustic guitar riffs. Even more compelling than before, his approach is patient and focused on illuminating melodic details at unexpected angles. Having worked on the songs at length on his own, the album was recorded to tape in two weeks in a studio in Gothenburg. José (guitar and vocals) is joined by Erik Bodin (percussion), Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards) and Little Dragon’s songwriter/vocalist, Yukimi Nagamo (backing vocals).
In Our Nature will hit stores September 25th through Mute Records.
I like playing with symbolism. On this album I’ve wanted to bring out the primitive aspects of human beings.
“Down the Line” and “Killing For Love” are both directed by Andreas Nilsson – the director behind The Knife’s “Silent Shout” – and are the first in a multi-part video series.
Down The Line
Killing For Love
José González – How Low
from the forthcoming album “In Our Nature”
José González – Love Will Tear Us Apart
live Joy Division cover
José González Ft. Zero 7 – Crosses
from the Zero 7 album “The Garden”