(photo: Elise Tyler)
During his 23-year career, Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has crafted a distinguished catalog of a dozen albums and about 15 EPs. Jurado has earned critical acclaim for his indie-folk music and praise as a storyteller for his songs that emit eloquent literary tales.
Whether you are a longtime fan or need an introduction to Jurado’s work, you can enter to win tickets for his show at the Chapel in San Francisco on May 29.
His 13th full-length album The Horizon Just Laughed, released via Secretly Canadian, was available for purchase May 4 and will be available to stream July 6.
“From the beginning I have approached this album differently than those in the past,” Jurado said in a statement. “I snuck away to record it without anyone knowing. I sat in the producer’s seat for the first time in years, where I followed creativity’s every turn.”
The Horizon Just Laughed has been described as “a masterpiece that divulges a new ability to concretize the ethereal with direct songwriting.” Jurado’s wispy vocals elevate his emotion and insight. The album’s dreamy stripped-down instrumentation melds gentle acoustic guitar with warm strings, horns, organ.
The 11 tracks, recorded at Sonikwire Studio in Irvine, CA, seem to be inspired by highly personal moments and memories. Song titles reference places and people Jurado must hold dear including Mount Rainier, Washington state, bandleader Percy Faith, American novelist Thomas Wolfe, and actor Marvin Kaplan, who appeared in the mid-1970’s sitcom Alice.
“Allocate” gives listeners a peek at a troubled relationship with raw, biting lines including, “I can only exist so long as you laugh / Don’t give up on me if I ever leave town / Ain’t it sad to see your life not work out? / What made you think I would live in your frown?”
To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Damien Jurado at the Chapel, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Damien Jurado” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.