I've had a quiet relationship with Jose Gonzalez for a few years. Ours is a casual love. I don't get all hot and heavy for him. But his voice can put me at ease in a way that very few artists can match.
B and I saw him when he was in town last year, and it was probably the calmest live show I have ever seen. Gonzalez paused for just a few seconds in between each song, and seemed too self-conscious to make much conversation with the audience. But his quiet stage presence suited his delicate and, at times, heartwrenching acoustic plucking.
This is one of my favorite Jose Gonzalez songs, very possibly simply because of the way the words ever so delicately drop from his tongue.
We were in love.
This song whispers nostalgia and sticky summer nights. Hello, summer. It's about fecking time.
UPDATE: For all my music snobs out there, have a listen to the original "Heartbeats" by the Knife, WHICH I'M SURE YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT.