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A Quiet 'Veneer' from Jose Gonzalez

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A Quiet 'Veneer' from Jose Gonzalez

A Quiet 'Veneer' from Jose Gonzalez

A Quiet 'Veneer' from Jose Gonzalez

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Jose Gonzalez is a Swedish-born singer-songwriter of Argentinean descent whose debut CD, Veneer, is a stunning collection of subdued acoustic folk music.

Jose Gonzalez began his guitar lessons with the Beatles and bossa nova. Mattias Olsson hide caption

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Gonzalez's sensual and sensitive vocals blend with his gifted classical guitar style to recall underground folk favorites such as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Hayden, and Mark Kozelek.

Veneer is an exercise in simplicity, with a somber and contemplative tone deepened by an affinity for bossa nova and flamenco. At 27, Gonzalez has aligned himself with folk artists who operate under the belief that quiet truly is the new loud.

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