One line in particular from Jose Gonzalez's new release might be an apt way to absorb this moody, often-hypnotic acoustic rock album. "Why didn't I see the forest on fire behind the trees," the Swedish singer, guitarist and producer wonders in "The Forest" as a detailed guitar melody offers vivid beauty in the foreground. Behind, a bass flute traces a broad counter-melody, a curlicue flourish that simmers through the work like a glowing ember.
Believe it or not, this is Gonzalez's first solo album in nearly eight years. His previous albums featured Gonzalez on electric and acoustic guitars and not much else. After that, the singer turned his attention to Junip, a trio that reveled in energetic mantras recalling the work of early '70s Germ...
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