Just a voice and a guitar are all it takes for Damien Jurado to showcase his much-applauded 14th studio album, ‘In The Shape of a Storm’.
The critics agree:
“an intimate, yet romantic affair that swoons with love and longing as its starkly beautiful tunes gently weave across a tender emotional spectrum.” UNCUT
ALBUM OF THE DAY – BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“intimate affirmation of Jurado’s current brilliance” MOJO
Damien Jurado exceeded even his own usual speedy production with In The Shape of a Storm, recorded over the course of two hours one California afternoon. This time, there are no thundering drums, no psychedelic arrangements, just an occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon on a guitar tuned Nashville style. It was long requested by fans, but Jurado waited until it made sense to him.
“There is nothing left to hide,” Jurado sings on “Lincoln,” which opens the record, written long ago and only recently rediscovered. Everything here is clear and laid bare, two-tone, like the drawing Jurado crafted for the record’s cover. The discovery of one forgotten track inspired him to go about gathering up songs that had never found proper homes. As a result, In the Shape of a Storm is like an archive of previously abandoned songs.
The album is both a record of 19 years of music and just 2 hours in the recording studio. Damien believes songs have their own time and place. For the 10 that make up this album, the time is right now.
In the Shape of a Storm is out now on Loose. Available on LP, CD & digitally here
19 Feb – NIJMEGEN Stevenskerk (NL)
20 Feb – ANTWERP De Roma (BE)
21 Feb – LONDON Emmanuel Centre (UK)
22 Feb – BIRMINGHAM St Paul’s Church (UK)
23 Feb – BRISTOL St George’s (UK)
25 Feb – LEEDS City Varieties (UK)
26 Feb – GLASGOW Òran Mór (UK)
27 Feb – BELFAST Ulster Sports Club (UK)
28 Feb – DUBLIN Liberty Hall Theatre (IE)
01 Mar – FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse (UK)
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