José González Shares Video for New Song ‘Swing’

    José González is back with another single from his upcoming album Local Valley. This one’s called ‘Swing’, and it arrives with a music video directed by longtime collaborator Mikel Cee Karlsson. Watch it below.

    “‘Swing’ is a song with (almost) only good vibes!” González remarked in a press release. “It was musically inspired by high-life from West Africa and Caribbean music. With its layered light guitars and a melodic bass line on top of a beat from a drum machine app, ‘Swing’ is a song about dancing and following your natural impulses.”

    Karlsson said of the video:

    I was thinking of ideas for ‘Swing’ when I stumbled upon a scientific paper that focused on the behavioral patterns of birds and their movements in the sky. I found the natural choreography of the birds really beautiful. Like a form of dance, shaped for survival.

    “That gave me the idea to for an alternative kind of dance video, using everyday scenes and set in a common place, like an average Swedish beach. I wanted to see what natural choreography I could find there. In the basic interaction between people, animals and objects. Trying to highlight specific movements and patterns in order to find some banal, but beautiful and iconic little snapshots from everyday life, and make them dance.

    Local Valley is due out September 17. ‘Swing’ follows previous teasers ‘El Invento’, ‘Visions’, and ‘Head On’.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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