New Release: José González – José González & The Brite Lites At Svenska Grammofonstudion

Ahead of his North American tour on Monday, José González has unveiled a new studio EP, José González & The Brite Lites At Svenska Grammofonstudion, out today on Mute

Following the release and plenty of touring behind José’s 2015 album Vestiges & Claws, he put together a live band to expand the harmonies of previously recorded songs with additional guitar and rhythmic elements. This live band – The Brite Lites – congregated at José’s favourite studio, Svenska Grammofonstudion, in Gothenburg, Sweden – the same studio that was used to record 2007’s In Our Nature

Regarding the EP’s artwork, José explains he once saw a tweet asking people to share their favorite depictions of Heaven. Among them was a medieval painting by Louis de Laval showing a number of saints crammed together in a crowd. José enjoyed the comical nature of the painting and asked Hannele Fernström to draw the EP’s artwork with this piece in mind…

Below, José reflects on each of the songs found on his new EP…

Killing For Love
“What’s the point if you hate, die and kill for love?” I wrote this song back in 2007. It was a reaction to the weirdness of some people falling in love with a particular idea or a historical character. Love is powerful. So powerful that it can make bring out the worst in us. We should choose our loves wisely

What Will
What will our legacy be? Humanity is at a special moment in time when most of us are living with amazing prosperity, and with increasingly powerful tools compared to other times. Still we’re sort of stuck with our tribal psychology, which makes us experts in making a difference between us and them

Stories We Build, Stories We Tell
Stories and myths help us make sense of our surroundings and happenings. Collective
beliefs that work as tools to push us in certain directions, sometimes for good but sometimes for bad. “Don’t believe in karma or hell, but in the memories and stories we tell”

On the cosmic timescale we will be gone, leaving only memories and traces for the
afterglow. I was toying with the idea of cults and how many of them have a doomsday
narrative to scare but offer some sort of comfort if you follow them. In this song we go from minor to major with the same lyrics. First acknowledging, then accepting and almost rejoicing

Upcoming tour dates include…

January 29 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
January 30 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
January 31 – Santa Barbara, CA – UC Santa Barbara
February 1 – Orange, CA – Chapman University
February 2 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
February 3 – Austin, TX – Long Centre for the Performing Arts
February 6 – Hanover, NH – Dartmouth College
February 7 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
February 8 – Portsmouth, NH – Music Hall
February 9 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
February 10 – Montreal, QC – Monument-National
February 11 – Québec, QC – Grand Théâtre de Québec
February 12 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
March 29 – Canberra, Australia – Canberra Theatre Centre
March 31 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House
April 1 – Byron Bay, Australia – Blues Fest
April 2 – Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Recital Centre
April 3 – Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Recital Centre
August 25 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Amphitheatre ^ *
August 26 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory ^ *
August 28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory ^ *
August 30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^ *
September 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Musikhuset Aarhus #
September 18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhagen Opera House #
September 19 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall #
September 20 – London, England – Royal Albert Hall #
September 21 – Brighton, England – Brighton Dome #
September 22 – Manchester, England – Albert Hall #
September 23 – Bristol, England – O2 Academy Bristol #
September 24 – Bruges, Belgium – Concertgebouw Brugge #
September 25 – Zürich, Switzerland – Volkshaus #
September 26 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks #
September 27 – Hasselt, Belgium – Cultuurcentrum Hasselt #
September 28 – Ludwigshafen, Germany – BASF – Feierabendhaus #
October 2 – Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseu dos Recreios #
October 7 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg #
October 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Laeiszhalle Hamburg #

^ performing with The Brite Lites
# performing with The Gothenberg String Theory
* w/ Shakey Graves