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About a year ago, Richard Swift horrifically fractured his left ring finger. For a moment his nimble guitar and piano work flashed before his eyes. Doctors were saying things like "movement and feeling could eventually return," etc, etc. Certainly, not even a little blip on the sadness radar of humanity, but a massive bummer for a fellow who has carved out a niche as one of independent music's sought after session players and producers -- and especially in relation to the astounding Richard Swift solo output we all know and love.

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Damien Jurado Announces Covers Record / Shares Track

Richard Swift and Damien Jurado are slated to release a covers record, Other People’s Songs, Volume 1, on December 2nd via Secretly Canadian. The two prolific singer-songwriters first worked together on Jurados 2010 album, Saint Bartlett, cutting the entirety of the LP in only three days. Several months after that records release, Jurado and Swift… Read more »

WATCH // Damien Jurado Shares Video For “Exit 353”

“[An] evocative journey for the singer, who uses the song to pose a question that answers itself: ‘Are we all not lost in song?'” – NPR Music

“Jurado worked once again with producer and regular collaborator Richard Swift, and new single Exit 353″ has the sort of rambling 70s vibes weve come to expect from him. Also, I promise, its fully possible to enjoy it without knowing the albums backstory.” – Stereogum

“Its a blurred, reverberating expanse of sound,once again proving how successfully Jurado has transitionedthrough genres, reaching a point where it all comes together in one powerful, evocative track.” – Consequence of Sound

 

Today, Damien Jurado shares the cinematic video for “Exit 353,” the first single off his new (and 12th!) studio album, Visions of Us on the Land, out 3/18 on Secretly Canadian. Visions is the third and final entry in the cosmic trilogy that began with Maraqopa in 2012 and followed by Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son in 2014. The video was directed by Elise Tyler, who had this to say about the concept:

 

Damien has a strong history of cinematic music videos, so I felt very free to explore narrative andimage with Exit 353. I was inspired by the haunting landscapes of the Pacific Northwest; it is aperfect backdrop for Damien’s music, which clearly originates from the towering pine trees, densefog, and winding hills of the region. We explored the area and created a world where two seeminglyvulnerable young women are more powerful than one may think. In my mind, Damien is on theverge of leaving this world and disappearing into anonymity. He is pulled back momentarily by theseyoung women who perhaps need his help- but he quickly realized that he should have never beenseduced back into society, that he was and is alone among men.

 

 

Pre-OrderVisions of Us on the Land now:

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. Apr. 7 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
Fri. Apr. 8 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
Sat. Apr. 9 – Genk, NE @ Little Waves Festival
Sun. Apr. 10 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Tue. Apr. 12 – Brighton, UK @ Dome Studio
Wed. Apr. 13 – Bristol, UK @ Lantern
Fri. Apr. 15 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Sat. Apr. 16 – Manchester, UK @ St. Philips Church
Sun. Apr. 17 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Mon. Apr. 18 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Wed. Apr. 20 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
Thu. Apr. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
Fri. Apr. 22 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
Sat. Apr. 23 – Oslo, NO @ Mono
Sun. Apr. 24 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Tue. Apr. 26 – Stockholm, SE @ Sodra Teatern
Thu. Apr. 28 – Cologne, DE @ Stadtgarten
Fri. Apr. 29 – Paris, FR @ divan Du Monde
Sun. May 1 – Valencia, ES @ Veles
Mon. May 2 – San Sebastian, ES @ Intxaurrondo
Mon. May 3 – Ourense, ES @ Teatro Principal
Tue. May 4 – Lisbon, PT @ MusicBox
Wed. May 5 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Lara
Thu. May 6 – Barcelona, ES @ Music Hall

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Damien Jurado Announces ‘Visions Of Us On The Land’

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Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien Jurado’s new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012s Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latters National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us On The Land, out 3/18 on Secretly Canadian, completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths. Today, we’re excited to share the song “Exit 353,” premiered by NPR Music.

There was no grand scheme to make a trilogy at the outset. Exuberantly prolific, its creator simply wanted the first record to be “a quick snapshot,” says Jurado. “Maraqopa is this peaceful place I can go to in my mind. A little bit psychedelic, but youre not using substances. The brain is such a powerful thing. In that uncharted territory I was able to tap in and find this place. Which was called Maraqopa. Similar to the fictional towns in television or books.

Maraqopa the album introduced a character deliberately unnamed, intended to represent anyone feeling that way who stumbles upon the titular locale then gets into a car crash… which only frees him further. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. It picked up the narrative after the accident, in a commune inhabited by Silver Timothy, Silver Donna, and Silver Malcolm. Visions of Us On The Land journeys further into the subconscious mind, a symbolic road trip spotlighting the people and towns that our central figure and his travelling companion, Silver Katherine, encounter upon leaving the commune. Hence the capitalized track titles, alluding to real American locations refracted through ones third eye in the rear view mirror. Like all great art, its about life and death and love and freedom. A sonic map with no set destination, revealing more with each ride.

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VISIONS OF US ON THE LAND TRACKLISTING
1. November 20
2. Mellow Blue Polka Dot
3. QACHINA
4. Lon Bella
5. Sam and Davy
6. Prisms
7. ONALASKA
8. TAQOMA
9. On the Land Blues
10. Walrus
11. Exit 353
12. Cinco de Tomorrow
13. And Loraine
14. A.M. A.M.
15. Queen Anne
16. Orphans in the Key of E
17. Kola

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. Apr. 7 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
Fri. Apr. 8 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
Sat. Apr. 9 – Genk, NE @ Little Waves Festival
Sun. Apr. 10 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Tue. Apr. 12 – Brighton, UK @ Dome Studio
Wed. Apr. 13 – Bristol, UK @ Lantern
Fri. Apr. 15 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Sat. Apr. 16 – Manchester, UK @ St. Philips Church
Sun. Apr. 17 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Mon. Apr. 18 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Wed. Apr. 20 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
Thu. Apr. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
Fri. Apr. 22 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
Sat. Apr. 23 – Oslo, NO @ Mono
Sun. Apr. 24 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Tue. Apr. 26 – Stockholm, SE @ Sodra Teatern
Thu. Apr. 28 – Cologne, DE @ Stadtgarten
Fri. Apr. 29 – Paris, FR @ divan Du Monde
Sun. May 1 – Valencia, ES @ Veles
Mon. May 2 – San Sebastian, ES @ Intxaurrondo
Mon. May 3 – Ourense, ES @ Teatro Principal
Tue. May 4 – Lisbon, PT @ MusicBox
Wed. May 5 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Lara
Thu. May 6 – Barcelona, ES @ Music Hall