Friday, June 13, 2008

Covers, B-Sides, and Rarities: José González

I've been listening to a lot of really gentle, acoustic stuff by Sweden-born, Argentinean singer/songwriter José González, as of late. Although his 2005 release, Veneer, does cease to impress, venturing into the 11 song compilation can sometime grow somewhat monotonous. Even so, it’s the acoustic covers that are also included, that surpass his own writings, and which have also gained him a worldwide recognition, particularly owing to one of his tracks that was featured in the iconic Sony Bravia TV advert.

These are songs comprised of both indie classics and contemporaries that’s stripped to it’s bare minimum, familiar tunes that’s laid down on the surface, as it reveals all that’s left: the superb and stunning melodies. These are great covers, largely due to the fact that they justify the reason of why we fell in love with the originals in the first place.

|mp3| José González – Heartbeats (The Knife cover)
|mp3| José González – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)
|mp3| José González – Teardrops (Massive Attack cover)