Mute Records will be releasing the new album from José González, his first solo album in 7 years, Vestiges & Claws on 17 February 2015. He produced it himself in his home kitchen as well as Svenska Grammofonstudion, in Gothenburg.

It was no doubt a conscious decision to work without a producer,” said González in a press release. “I didn’t want this to be too polished, or too ‘in your face.’ Most of all, it’s fun to be in complete control of the artistic aspect. Also, I was inspired by and picked up a lot of tricks from the producers I have worked with in the past. I like to use distortion and let things be a little overdriven, which gives things a warmer sound. Sometimes people complain that my music is too muddled, but I really do not want a modern crisp sound. I’d much rather aim somewhere between Shuggie Otis and Simon & Garfunkel.”

It's the first album where he's chosen to include exclusively original songs. “I think that might be where there is some sort of common thread on this new record: The zoomed out eye on humanity on a small pale blue dot in a cold, sparse and unfriendly space. The amazing fact that we at all are here, an attempt at encouraging to understand ourselves and to make the best of the only life we have – after birth and before death. And also, I’ve been okay with using rhymes this time".

Watch a Vestiges & Claws album trailer below.

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