Over time, I’ve begun to truly appreciate the masterful work of Damien Jurado, the Seattle-based singer-songwriter who last week released his 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. For the last three albums, including Brothers and Sisters, Jurado has teamed with Richard Swift (an accomplished singer-songwriter himself) to produce records that can best described as experimental, psychedelic-infused indie-folk music.
For me, the experience of listening to Brothers and Sisters is akin to looking at a painting by Salvador Dali, the great Spanish surrealist. The music can be perplexing at times yet provocative. It is innovative and forward thinking, but accessible in a hard-to-explain-kind-of-way. Jurado’s storytelling can seem to be far out – like Dali – yet one is able to make sense of it all.
“Silver Timothy” is a great example of the experimentation on and the titillation of the album. “Metallic Cloud” almost seems too straightforward, yet it’s unique in its own way with the organ echoing in the background to give it a hymnal feel. “Silver Donna” has a Bon Iver feel to it with its haunting melody and vocals.
More information on Damien Jurado can be found below. You can purchase Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son on iTunes, eMusic, and other online music services.
One of the great things about doing this blog is that we get a ton of great, new music. Axxa/Abraxas, which is the project of 23 year-old, Atlanta native Ben Asbury, is just one example.
According to the publicist material, his moniker is derived from two principles that Asbury associates together, one deeply personal, one spiritually dichotomous. And building on the dichotonomy of the name, Snyder has melded together music with visuals, as demonstrated in the publicity shots that have been shared and his previous cassette releases while he was in college.
His music, meanwhile, is psychedelic pop-rock, full of fuzz and reverb. The comparisons to Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin, therefore, are inevitable, and like his predecessors the music is exciting, refreshing, and invigorating. His self-titled debut album was produced by Jarvis Taveniere of the Woods and will be released by Captured Records on March 4.
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