Critics and fans alike rally behind José González work for good reason. True to form, González’s songs are more impressions than fully fleshed out pieces, but these fragments woven together achieve a grand tapestry of textured soul. Relying on longtime friends Tobias Winterkorn (organ, Moog) and Elias Araya (drums), Fields is a tranquil compendium of González’s strengths. Rife with intimacy and restrained experimentation, Fields is the follow up to the Gothenburg trio’s EP debut, Black Refuge, and though it has been five years, the contributions complement the velvety smooth vocals of González. The formula is simple: slowly build a song layer by layer and ease out after the climax. Transitioning at a stately pace, the soft percussion on “It’s Alright” balances the vivaciousness of “Off Point”, only to transform into the lushly finger-plucked “Rope & Summit”. At times, Fields is sparse, infused with rock, or echoing the psychedelic — regardless, it always lives up to González’s expectedly spellbinding work.
Buy this at iTunes. After the jump, check out the video for “Always”.