I think the first time I heard José González was during an episode of Scrubs. The one where JD's baby is born, to be exact. (Okay... I went through a semi-serious Scrubs phase. I still think the show is cleverly written and it also has some of the best music on television. I would love to steal Zach Braff's iPod.)
González's voice is soft and soothing and his guitar playing is memorable. Born in Sweden of Argentinian parents, González grew up listening to Latin music and his fingerstyle is reminiscent of tango and the other folk music of Latin America.
He covers his fellow Swedes, The Knife, in the video below, which is actually an advertisement for Sony. I prefer his cover. The Knife's version has a definite Scandinavian sound. Interestingly enough, Sony released two versions of the ad, the only difference is the performer. I'm including The Knife's version as well. Which do you prefer?
I love the bouncing balls and all the vibrant colors. My favorite part of the video is when the frog jumps out of the drain. It's a fun video, a great song and González is an artist worth listening to again (and again). Enjoy and tell me what you think.