Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats – The Knife Cover

Born, raised, and having lived in Sweden his whole life, its no wonder that Jose Gonzalez decided to cover the song Heartbeats by fellow Swedes The Knife.

This is probably Jose Gonzalez’s best known cover, though he has reworked such other musical gems as Born in the USA, The Ghost of Tom Joad, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Teardrop, and Hand on Your Heart. In the process, he has covered a wide variety of styles, from the 80s Rock veteran Bruce Springsteen, to pop music superstar Kylie Minogue.

Similar to the folk music of Elliot Smith, Jose Gonzalez sings soft vocals and plucks soothing guitar notes while keeping a steady rhythm.

Stylistically, this has not always been the case. In the late 90′s, he played in a number of hardcore punk bands, being influenced by the likes of The Dead Kennedy’s and Black Flag.

Though a departure from his musical roots, his new style has gained him worldwide popularity, leading him to take time off from earning his college degree in biochemistry.

I guess there’s a wider audience for folk rock than hardcore punk too.

Similar Jam:

Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers

More up-tempo:

Paulo Nutini – New Shoes

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