By AJ on May 12 2011
It is sometimes a good thing that some groups pick and choose with their musical collaborations, because they have the potential to offer up a barrel full of agreeable music selections. If you’re like me, however, you probably don’t do enough research into groups to find the musical gold buried within. Woe is me! Such is the case with this gentleman, who contributed to Zero 7’s, The Garden record.
Unlike that particular record, José’s music is certifiably folk. Veneer, his first album, is pretty sparse on instrumentation: for the most part, it’s a whole bunch of layered classical guitar and some rad harmonies. Surprisingly, the tracks don’t blend into themselves, even with this lack of instrumental variety, which is more than can be said for a lot of music these days. Instead, we’re treated to a veritable symphony of soothing guitar pickin’, all pleasantly driven by his wonderful singing and lyrics, with tunes that drift in, out and away from the moody night and into the beautiful sunrise. And yes, despite the fact that Heartbeats track has been somewhat overused in various things, it most definitely fits in nicely with the rest of the album and is still a great cover.
This is probably my wankiest post to date! Also, as per usual, no downloadable media: I am seriously full of disappointments. :<