José González – “Leaf Off / The Cave”

Next month, the Argentine-Swedish singer-songwriter (and sometime Junip leader) José González is back with Vestiges & Claws, his first proper solo album since 2007. We’ve posted first single “Every Age, and now González has followed it up with “Leaf Off / The Cave,” a lovely folk strummer with some actual rhythmic snap to it. So many of González’s peers get by while totally ignoring the whole idea of syncopation that it’s almost shocking to hear someone showing a serious rhythmic command alongside all that lush, plummy beauty. González recently performed the song on the Swedish award show P3 Guld, with a huge choir backing him up. You can hear the studio version of the song and watch that performance below.

Vestiges & Claws is out 2/17 on Mute.