Echoes of Latin America in José González's music
March 22, 2008 9:19 PM Subscribe
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mentions [lots of youtube ahead] Low
and Elliot Smith
. And no review of the Swede whose parents left Argentina in the 1970s is complete without a reference to Nick Drake
. But what about the influence of styles from the hemisphere his parents left behind?
After listening to González, Cuban Nueva Trova
singer Silvio Rodriguez's
early work sounds remarkably familiar, and Northeastern Brazilian rhythms picked on nylon-string guitar also resonate. Here are some examples by Gilberto Gil
, Caetano Veloso
, and Marisa Monte
Lyrically, however, in contrast to Rodriguez's poetic Marxism, and Gil and Veloso's dadaist Tropicália and subsequent MPB pop styles, González's new record "In our nature
" is currently influenced by, yes, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.