Mellow, acoustic singer-songwriter material that still manages to be distinctive. For fans of artists like early Iron and Wine, Alexi Murdoch, or Bon Iver.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
It’s been nearly eight years since we’ve had a solo release from Jose Gonzalez, who has released two albums with his band Junip in the intervening time. In February, the singer-songwriter released Vestiges & Claws, his third solo album, from which “Leaf Off/The Cave” is taken. Little has changed since those earlier albums; while Junip boasts a full, orchestrated sound, Gonzalez’ solo albums are more sparse affairs, based solely around his voice and skillful acoustic guitar playing, with rarely little more than sparse percussion to accompany it. One of the most upbeat tracks on the album, this song features jangling guitars and a refrain that hints at world music influences. Like many of his songs, it is both melancholy and uplifting.
Jose Gonzalez will be playing a sold out show at the 9:30 Club this Tuesday, with Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds opening.