Song of the Day: Damien Jurado – “Exit 353”


If you’ve ever wanted to take a spiritual psychedelic journey, let Damien Jurado be your guide. Visions of Us on the Land, produced by Richard Swift, is the singer songwriter’s latest LP (he has a total of 12 under his belt) and is filled with expressive melodies. Jurado’s solo career began in the mid 90’s after gaining a local following in his hometown of Seattle and to this day he continues to stand out amidst the flux of grunge and indie pop.

Visions of Us on the Land is the final installment of a trilogy Jurado loosely started in 2012. It began with Maraqopa (2012) then continued with Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son (2014). They chronicle the main protagonist and his journey through a mysterious town. The end of the first record is a car wreck which leads the beginning of the second album, which then explores a far out commune and then takes us to the latest album; out of the commune to the open roads. The three albums layered together might be kind of a heady concept, but a fine one at that.

“Exit 353” is the first single off the album and one that evokes a spark deep within. Fans of Fleet Foxes will especially appreciate Jurado’s ability to paint a picture using music and lyrics as the medium. Intoxicating guitar riffs find their way through the sonic track with no set destination; part road trip, part inward odyssey. The track opens up a range of tones for the listener, gaining momentum as it plays and possessing a question that answers itself: “Are we all not lost in song?”

Damien Jurado plays The EARL tonight in Atlanta with Doug Keith, tickets are $12 in advance. Doors 8:30/Show 9:30.

Listen to “Exit 353” on our Spotify Monomania Playlist:

Damien Jurado On Tour:

Thu, November 17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Fri, November 18 – Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly
Sat, November 19 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Sun, November 20 – Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
Sat, December 03 – Seattle, WA @ St. Mark’s Cathedral

Damien Jurado online:

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