ACL Fest 2015 Saturday Record Review

José González

Vestiges & Claws (Mute)

ACL Fest 2015 Saturday Record Review

After fronting indie poppers Junip, Sweden's José González returns to his natural métier with third LP Vestiges & Claws. Centering melodies on his soft voice and nylon-string guitar virtuosity, the album, recorded in the singer's kitchen, stretches his sound as he did on 2007's In Our Nature. González folds in bass, flute, percussion, whistles, synth, and rhythms that might induce those so inclined to dance. From the groovy "Leaf Off/The Cave" to mantra "What Will," González gently expands his borders without abandoning the center. (6:30pm, Tito's Handmade Vodka stage)

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