:: This album couldn’t be more essential. Everything González does simply is magic.
Nearly eight years after his sophomore album Veneer (2007), Swedish singer/songwriter and Junip frontman José González returns with his third solo album Vestiges & Claws next week, and you can have a full listen right now.
Vestiges & Claws drops officially on February 17, 2015 via Mute Records (North America) / Imperial Recordings (EU) / Peacefrog Holdings Ltd. (UK) and Shock Records (AU/NZ). The album will be available as download (mp3/wav), CD and 12″ vinyl LP (standard black and limited edition clear vinyl). You can pre-order the digital album from iTunes or order your copy of Vestiges & Claws both digitally and physically from José González’ Store.
The album is now streaming at NPR First Listen. Make sure you take a full listen before the stream is taken down upon album release in North America next Tuesday. Self-produced by José González, the album features previous singles Every Age and Leaf Off/The Cave as well as eight new tracks. González recorded in his Gothenburg (Sweden) home kitchen as well as at the recording studio Svenska Grammofonstudion.
In a Mute press release, González explains: “It was no doubt a conscious decision to work without a producer. I didn’t want this to be too polished, or too ‘in your face.’ Most of all, it’s fun to be in complete control of the artistic aspect. […] Sometimes people complain that my music is too muddled, but I really do not want a modern crisp sound. I’d much rather aim somewhere between Shuggie Otis and Simon & Garfunkel.”
Leaf Off / The Cave is the second single taken from Vestiges & Claws. The beautiful song comes with a music video directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson with the Sunday Assembly – watch/listen above. José González will be touring Europe in February and March. He is also playing a string of eighteen shows In North America in April. Check out the upcoming dates below.
01. With the Ink of a Ghost
02. Let It Carry You
03. Stories We Build, Stories We Tell
04. The Forest
05. Leaf Off / The Cave
06. Every Age
07. What Will
10. Open Book
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 18 Feb 2015 // Madrid, Spain // La Riviera
Thu 19 Feb 2015 // Lisbon, Portugal // CCB
Fri 20 Feb 2015 // Barcelona, Spain // L’auditori de Barcelona
Sat 21 Feb 2015 // Santiago de Compostela, Spain // Sala Capitol
Sun 22 Feb 2015 // Murcia, Spain // Auditorio y Centro de Congresos
Mon 02 – Tue 03 Mar 2015 // Berlin, Germany // Heimathafen Neukölln
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
Consequence of Sound − Album Review: José González – Vestiges & Claws
More ‘José González’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Jan 21 − New Single: Leaf Off / The Cave (2015/01/20)
2014, Nov 06 − New Single: Every Age (2014/11/05) [Official Video]
2013, Dec 17 − New Track: #9 Dream / Soundtrack ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’
2011, Dec 22 – Ane Brun – Worship (feat. José González) [Official Video]
2011, Aug 17 – José González’s Junip: Live in Germany August and October 2011
2011, Aug 17 – The Extraordinary Ordinary Life Of José González (Trailer)