Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jose Gonzalez

Before you go any further, take a listen to this track...

Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez

The first time I heard Jose Gonzalez I had a strange feeling. It was a feeling I'd had once, years ago, when I first heard another favorite artist of mine, Michael Hedges. My intention is not to draw a comparison between the two, both musicians are truly unique. But they share a quality that is uncommon in any artistic medium. They share the ability to move the listener in a certain way. The music has heart, and it touches the listener's heart as well.

The music is not flashy or technically that impressive, it's serene if anything. But it is exciting in a way. It's exciting to hear fresh music that stands out, not for its virtuosity, but for its humble spirit.
Jose Gonzalez is 29 years old and was born in Sweden. He released his first album in 2003. He has gained international notoriety for his unique style and is popular among many different circles from indie to folk.

This video has some cool animation...

Check out his website at


Brian and Rachael said...

I'm a big fan of the original heartbeats. One of my favorites. I kind of became obsessed with that song for a while.

Mitchum said...

yeah... I went through a serious knife kick around December. That's some good stuff.