José González shares first song in Spanish, “El Invento”
José González is back with “El Invento,” his first new song in six years. It’s the first song he’s ever released fully in Spanish, and he credits his daughter with helping him find the inspiration to write it.
“Every now and then I try to write lyrics in Spanish — this time I succeeded!” says González. “I guess talking to Laura in Spanish every day helped. I started writing ‘El Invento’ around 2017 when she was born. The song is about the questions — who we are, where we’re going and why? Whom can we thank for our existence? Historically, most traditions have invented answers to these questions. Thereof the name of the song: The Invention (god).”
The Sweden-based songwriter pairs the track’s difficult existential questions with soft fingerpicked guitar; it’s like a lullaby. Watch the lyric video, which includes an English translation, below.