Jose Gonzalez’s first project follows up Fields with more intimate electronic folk. Check out the first two tracks “Line of Fire” and “Suddenly” for an example of the band’s sweeping, quietly intense sound.
Ever since Jose Gonzalez (of Swedish birth and Argentine descent) broke out of Internet obscurity with his devastating acoustic cover of the Knife's "Heartbeat" and Massive Attack's "Teardrop," he's been ever-present in TV commercials and widely imitated. There's just something special about his reedy, intimate voice and nylon-stringed classical guitar: he does so much more with less. Prior to his ubiquitous advertising bardhood, he fronted a Gothenburg folktronica trio called Junip, who re-convened for a well-received LP in 2010. They're back with another fine collection, awash in acoustic textures and gentle electronic glow, flowing harmonies and misty FX that fade in and out focus. The songs are slow-building but emotionally sweeping -- it sounds like they've got an arena full of hushed fans with lighters in the air by the end of every hymn. Gonzalez has claimed Bob Marley as a childhood favorite, and they share a similar ability to unite multitudes with humble, uplifting music. If you love contemporary singer-songwriter balladry, this is a master class.