Jose Gonzalez was one of my favorite artists of 2005. With the release of his album Veneer, he marked his U.S. debut, although he was already a gold selling artist in his homeland of... Sweeden.... that's right. Don't go assuming because of the name.
Gonzalez is Sweedish born of Argentinian parents. He uses a blend of classical fingerpicking with indie tempos and tonality. Gonzalez' voice demands attention over the brilliantly crafted melodies. The lyrics are remeniscent of Elliot Smith, Nick Drake or other great singer/songwriters. On a whole, Gonzalez is a strong, solid and smart musician.
Before Jose hit the states, a few EP's were in import circulation. A collection of some songs from his album Veneer and other radom b-sides, the EP trilogy contains not only acoustic Gonzalez, but also a few softer versions of songs by his band, Junip.
These were promos for Veneer, so they aren't being produced anymore, if I'm correct. Take a listen to these three EP's. If you are a fan of him, you're sure to want these and if you haven't heard of him, then this is the beginning of something awesome. Congrats.
Here are a some MP3's for your sampling pleasure.
Jose Gonzalez - Storm (From Crosses EP)
Jose Gonzalez - Love Will Tear Us Apart (From Remain EP)
Jose Gonzalez - Down The Hillside (From Stay In The Shade EP)
If you like what you hear, support Jose Gonzalez. Although, only Stay in the Shade is in circulation, but still, buy it.