When we first heard the music of artist José González he was gently strumming a guitar in beautiful harmony to “Heartbeats,” a song we already loved by Swedish duo The Knife. The fact that González took the song and made it his own, in such a special way setting it off in a new direction, well, it made our heartbeats swing along joyfully making the song even more beloved. The same sentiment is felt today as we soar along to his new single, “El Invento,” a first for González as the track is all in español. Listen…
About José González
“Visionary singer-songwriter-guitarist José González has announced the premiere of his first new song in more than five years. “El Invento” is available via Mute and all DSPs and streaming services. “El Invento” – which follows the 2015 release of González’s acclaimed third solo album, VESTIGES & CLAWS – marks the Gothenburg, Sweden-based artist’s only publicly released song to feature lyrics in Spanish, for which he credits his young daughter with helping him during the writing process.
“Every now and then I try to write lyrics in Spanish – this time I succeeded! I guess talking to Laura in Spanish every day helped. I started writing ‘El Invento’ around 2017 when she was born. The song is about the questions – who we are, where we’re going and why? Whom can we thank for our existence? Historically, most traditions have invented answers to these questions. Thereof the name of the song: The Invention (god).”
González recently debuted “El Invento” with a special live performance as part of the 2020 Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies.
José González’s stellar career can only be described as a dream. His classic interpretation of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” provided the son of Argentinean parents with a jumpstart that has since tallied more than 1 billion streams, over 150 licensed TV, film, and videogame uses, and a major presence on radio stations around the globe. He has won a range of honors, performed on high-profile network television shows, headlined prestigious festivals, sold-out concert venues on virtually every continent, and collaborated with Ben Stiller on an inventive film soundtrack. González’s warm, intimate voice and tender harmonies, underlined by a dexterously plucked Spanish guitar and muted percussion, deliver profoundly thoughtful lyrics largely revolving around ideas of civilization, humanism, and solidarity. A sincere, artful performer whose singular approach to songwriting and sonics sets him worlds apart, José González is in a class by himself.
Gonzalez’s most recent release, 2018’s JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ & THE STRING THEORY LIVE IN EUROPE, collects music recorded during his acclaimed 2017 European tour with maverick orchestra The String Theory. The album includes stirringly original performances of songs originally found on González’s three celebrated solo albums: 2003’s breakthrough debut VENEER, 2007’s IN OUR NATURE, and 2015’s VESTIGES & CLAWS, as well as remarkable new renditions of his already unique versions of “Heartbeats” and Massive Attack’s “Teardrop.” A deluxe heavyweight, double-colored 180g-vinyl box set limited edition of JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ & THE STRING THEORY LIVE IN EUROPE, featuring exclusive content and housed in a signed, bespoke slipcase package, is available now at González’s official store.