Damien Jurado - Pavilion Theatre
An Evening With
acoustic travels through Maraqopa
Friday March 17th
The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Tickets on sale now priced €23 from www.paviliontheatre.ie/box-office Box Office 01 231 2929
“A cinematic road trip through a hidden America… Dreamy, trippy and filled with elegant hooks, its his best yet.” Uncut – 8/10
“Jurado is made of bold stuff, equally at one with West Coast folk-pop and boundary pushing… His world-weary vocals are leavened by his winning way with a melody and an overpowering sense of adventure.” Q – 4 Stars ****
“17 yearning, numinous essays, with lyrics that are part road trip, part inward odyssey… Juarado has been delivering singular, melodic albums for almost two decades now with, latterly, a laudable disposition toward studio experiment.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“Another belter of a kaleidoscopic, state-of-the-art pop record that calls to mind the funky, folky feel of Joh Martyn.” The Independent On Sunday – 4 Stars ****
“Jurado's fascination with stitching together sounds has matured into a knack for making rich and spell-binding rock music.” Sunday Express – 4 Stars ****
“Gorgeous, ghostly psyche-folk… Some of Juardo's best work.” Sunday Times
“Classic psychedelic pop and rock… There are echoes of Neil Young, Nick Drake and Phil Spector, imaginary companions on a diverting road trip.” Financial Times
Silver Timothy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4sQz6Y5g88
From 'Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son'
From 'Visions of Us on the Land'
Museum of Flight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCcAKNSJ3Ac
Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien Jurado’s latest opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012’s 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 latter’s National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us On The Land, on Secretly Canadian, completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.
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 you’re 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 one’s third eye in the rear view mirror. Like all great art, it’s about life and death and love and freedom. A sonic map with no set destination, revealing more with each ride.