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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.

Pre-Order Visions Of Us On The Land now:
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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

All Are Welcome In // Damien Jurado Performs Live at eMusic, ‘Maraqopa Deluxe Edition’ Now Available

While in New York earlier this fall, Damien Jurado stopped by the eMusic offices to perform songs from his critically acclaimed album, Maraqopa. Today, we get the first glimpse of the live sessions, filmed by Oresti Tsonopoulos. “All are welcome in.” Watch Damien perform “Maraqopa” and “Museum of Flight” above.

Damien’s Maraqopa Deluxe Edition is now available exclusively at eMusic. It comes complete with six new tracks (see listing below)! Already own Maraqopa? That is certainly okay. These six new tracks are also available on the Maraqopa Sessions EP. Head to eMusic for the deluxe edition and the EP. Enjoy!

Damien ends his wonderful year with one more show. He will perform at the beautiful Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle on December 14. Tickets and show information.

 
Maraqopa EP Tracklisting:
1. Wherever I May Lay
2. Static To Be Sold
3. Wyoming Songbirds
4. Let Us All In
5. Diamond Sea
6. Christmas Time Is Here

WATCH: Damien Jurado Live at WBEZ, On Tour Now


Damien Jurado returned to Chicago’s WBEZ a few days ago for an in-studio performance before playing a SOLD OUT show at Schuba’s later that night! You might have heard Damien on the show back in 2010, playing in support of Saint Bartlett. He chats it up with host Andrew Gill and plays a few songs as well. You can download the entire show HERE and watch him play “Working Titles” and “Museum of Flight,” both off of 2012’s Maraqopa, above.

Damien is currently on tour. He’ll play Somerville tonight and ANOTHER SOLD OUT show at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday! When previewing the show, The New York Times writes, “A snarling hard-core punk turned diligently bleeding heart, Mr. Jurado is a folk singer-songwriter with rare delicacy and resilience. His 10th studio album, Maraqopa (Secretly Canadian), is his most intriguing yet: acidly psychedelic and uneasily introspective, it even dips a toe into lush Wall of Sound pop (“Reel to Reel”).” Check all tour dates HERE.

Damien Jurado’s ‘Maraqopa’ Out Today!

It’s the day we’ve all been eagerly awaiting! Damien Jurado’s album Maraqopa is officially out! You can purchase it in-store, ONLINE or from Damien himself at one of his many upcoming shows. The feedback surrounding the album has been tremendous. See what people are saying below. Then pick up your copy of Maraqopa and get out to a show to decide for yourself! List of tour dates HERE.

 

LOVE FOR MARAQOPA 

“But Maraqopa signifies a shift from an album-length exercise in osmosis to a set of songs made to excite, and Jurado seems to know this….the man once dubbed “the Raymond Carver of folk” for his spare tales of other people’s anguish is stepping into the spotlight-baiting critics, even!-while fingers snap and women swoon.”
A.V. Club

“Damien Jurado’s latest is a fantastic maze.”Tiny Mix Tapes

“Even after 12 full-length albums, Jurado is still finding ways to grow musically. While continuing to deliver the intimate songs of hopeless love and regret for his longtime fans, he stills finds ways to surprise as he works with his magician-like collaborator. Maraqopa lingers long after the last track informs us that, ‘We are all mountains still asleep.'”American Songwriter

“Jurado’s songwriting is comfortable without being lazy; tunes consist of deep lyrics with a few strums and a catchy melody, sometimes with an unexpected chord change forcing the song into a peculiar/pretty zone. And his tenor voice remains a world unto itself, distant and glowing.”Seattle Times

AUDIO

No Woman by Whitney
Exit 353 by Damien Jurado
Falling by Here We Go Magic
Ordinary Feeling by Here We Go Magic
Tokyo London US Korea by Here We Go Magic
Not You by Steven A. Clark

VIDEOS

Translate by Suuns

You And Me by Ben Abraham

Exit 353 by Damien Jurado

Big Winter Jacket by Cayucas

COMING SOON

Damien Jurado
Visions of Us on the Land
CD / 2xLP
Ben Abraham
Sirens
CD / 2xLP
Suuns
Hold/Still
CD / LP

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