(2007) Veneer

José González

... read moreDon'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...

30′:49″ 11 Songs

1
Slow Moves
José González
2:52
2
Remain
José González
3:45
3
Lovestain
José González
2:17
4
Heartbeats
José González
2:40
5
Crosses
José González
2:41
6
Deadweight On Velveteen
José González
3:34
7
All You Deliver
José González
2:20
8
Stay In The Shade
José González
2:22
9
Hints
José González
3:50
10
Save Your Day
José González
2:30
11
Broken Arrows
José González
1:58
Released 02 July 2007, Imperial Recordings. Distributed by Playground Music Scandinavia AB

Review

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