All Music Guide calls it: "A striking collection of hushed and autumnal indie pop bedroom songs that reside on the hi-fi end of the lo-fi spectrum." Veneer is the debut album by Swedish-born minstrel José González
already a certified quiet-is-the-new-loud legend in his native Sweden. Who needs bells and whistles (outside of a forlorn trumpet and some subliminal percussion) when songs are this strong and the voice is this perfect? When all that you need to hold an audience in blissful rapture is what you can balance on a barstool? Joses sensual, sensitive, powerful vocals and supernaturally gifted guitar playing truly recalls artists like Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Hayden, and Mark Kozelek. Hes earned the accolades by writing incredible songs and staying true to his heart, keeping the songs barebones simple.
The José González song "Crosses" was featured on the season finale of The OC.
"A striking collection of hushed and autumnal indiepop bedroom songs that reside on the hi-fi end of the lo-fi spectrum." -- All Music Guide
"An ethereal, sometimes-aloof troubadour, González will sing you to sleep and then dash off under cover of night..." -- Pitchfork
"Dark, still, oddly powerful elliptical folksongs that suggest Paul Simon...or John Martyn...adrift in Arthur Russells "World of Echo." -- Mojo Magazine
"Dreamily introspective vocal and minor key melodies...all powered by Gonzales's mazily intricate guitar picking." -- The Telegraph
"Equally in thrall to the floating drone of post rock as to the elegant finger picking of Bert Jansch..." -- Time Out London (UK)
"Succinct acoustic meditation...hypnotic guitar figures that create the feeling that youve stumbled into a pre-dawn workout for emerging finger-pickers." -- Harp Magazine
"Swedish singer-songwriter marries [Nick] Drakes mournful minimalism to deftly picked, Latino guitar. The results...are extraordinary." -- Uncut Magazine (UK)