New Release & Video: José González – Head On

Singer-songwriter-guitarist José González has announced a brand new song. “Head On” is joined by an official music video, directed by longtime visual collaborator Mikel Cee Karlsson (Fever Ray, Junip).

“I wrote ‘Head On’ as a combat song or a list of instructions…a manual. I mean both ‘straight ahead’ and head ON – as in switching on your mind,” says González. “It was inspired by Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie’ and the way I used to write lyrics for my hardcore band. It’s also in the vein of my song ‘What Will’ from 2015. That one and this one are both anti-dogma, pro reason songs. Some of the terms I use like ‘rent seeker’ or ‘value extractor,’ are from books on economics that I’ve been reading, like The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato.”

“The animations for ‘Head On’ are based on a cellular automaton called ‘Game of Life’ created by mathematician John Horton Conway,” adds Karlsson. “’Game of Life’ has emergent properties, meaning that complex forms can arise, or evolve, through simple individual parts. Without any designer, plan or intent. In the video, we used visuals from ‘Game of Life’ as an analogy for the flow of information; bits of information forming patterns. Adapting. Evolving. Mutating. Like memes, or mind viruses; positive, neutral or negative. Travelling from mind to mind in a never-ending war of ideas that we all participate in and are influenced by.”

“Head On” marks the latest single from González’s fourth solo album, Local Valley, due for release on September 17th. González will celebrate the record with a UK & European tour, as well as a US co-headline tour alongside singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. The “Unfollow The Rules In The Local Valley Tour” begins September 20th. Tickets for all announced dates are on sale now.

In addition, González recently announced two ticketed interactive online performances. The first, entitled “Up Close & Personal,” will be an intimate and personal evening of live music and conversation, presented live from Gothenburg, Sweden’s Botanical Garden on Thursday, June 10th. The second online performance – set to stream live from Gothenburg on Sunday, September 12th – will feature the first full production of the upcoming Local Valley world tour along with pre- and post-show interaction with González. Both events will showcase innovative new features allowing viewers to seamlessly switch camera angles, show appreciation by digital applause, enter chat rooms, and more.

UK & European solo dates…

Solo live dates:

29 Jul – Valencia, ES @ Marina Sur
30 Jul – Madrid, ES @ Noches del Botanico
07 Aug – Shambrook, UK @ Tofte Manor (DJ Koze presents…)
25 Aug – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
26 Aug – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
27 Aug – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
05 Sep – Cabane des Becs de Bosson, CH @ PALP Festival
06 Sep – Luxembourg, LU @ Amphiteatre Coque

04 Nov – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
05 Nov – Paris, FR @ Trianon
06 Nov – Köln, DE @ Carlswerk Victoria
07 Nov – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
08 Nov – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
09 Nov – Berlin, DE @ Astra

01 Dec – Brighton @ Brighton Dome
02 Dec – London @ Cadogan Hall
03 Dec – Gateshead @ Sage Gateshead
04 Dec – Liverpool @ Grand Central Hall
05 Dec – Glasgow @ O2 Academy
06 Dec – Manchester @ Albert Hall

27 Apr 2022 – London @ The Roundhouse


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