Artist Jose Gonzalez Veneer Perfect Rock Pop Music Product Type

Track Title. 1 Slow Moves. 2 Remain. 3 Lovestain. 4 Heartbeats. 5 Crosses. 6 Deadweight On Velveteen. 7 All You Deliver. 8 Stay In The Shade. 9 Hints. 10 Save Your Day. 11 Broken Arrows. Don’t let the name fool you; singer/songwriter Jos Gonz lez is a Swedish-born and -raised son of Argentine parents. His debut album, Veneer, is a striking collection of hushed and autumnal indie pop bedroom songs that reside on the hi-fi end of the lo-fi spectrum. Gonz lez is definitely a member of the “quiet is the new loud” school as founded by Elliott Smith and the Kings of Convenience. Veneer is about as intimate as they come; it sounds like he is sitting right on the end of your bed singing just for you. At times, Gonz lez is a little more forceful than most of his schoolmates, often working himself into a tightly spinning ball of emotion (as on the driving “Lovestain” and the bluesy “Hints”). At these moments his voice is reminiscent of Mark Kozelek, only without the wild flights of pretension. Mostly though, he is content to cruise along on mellow vocals double-tracked behind gently plucked and strummed acoustic guitars. The beautiful “Heartbeats,” “Deadweight on Velveteen,” and the gently rollicking “Stay in the Shade” are the high watermarks of a remarkably focused and promising debut. Gonz lez is a welcome addition to the q-school of indie pop. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi.

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