Swedish-Argentinian singer-songwriter José González broke through about a decade ago when his song Heartbeats (a cover of The Knife) featured in a commercial. He wears his influences on his sleeve: intimate English folk from the late sixties, with Nick Drake as its figurehead.
His third album “Vestiges & Claws” from 2015 was recorded by González in his own house, making the listening experience even more intimate. Later this year his long-awaited fourth solo album “Local Valley” will come out, once again stripped to the basics and one on which only a couple of Spanish guitars have been used. He chose these because of their resonance and the familiar, dreamy sound. This is also part of the strength of González’s music. In this world that’s getting more hectic by the day, an evening of José González may just be the breath of fresh air you need.