JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ - VESTIGES & CLAWS
Since releasing ‘In Our Nature’ in 2007, José González has been steadily collecting riffs and ideas for new songs for the new album
‘Vestiges & Claws’. The result is less purist, less strict. One can find traces of inspired protest songs and eccentric folk rock here. Monotonous grooves and rhythms. Frustration and optimism. It’s a collection that is simultaneously confident, free and tentative.
Like José Gonzaléz’s previous releases, ‘Vestiges & Claws’ was recorded in his home kitchen and in Svenska Grammofonstudion, both in Gothenburg.
José has been far from idle in the seven years 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 2012 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.
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.