While some of us were joining pandemic book clubs or binge-watching obscure Nordic noir crime shows, Damien Jurado took the year to write three new albums, and that's in addition to What's New, Tomboy? — the album he had already planned to release in 2020. His music has always been remarkably mature and the years have only deepened the impact of his gentle guitar work and lightly psychedelic arrangements, sincerity of his earnest voice and the his literary lyrical bent. While it’s easy to get swept away by the atmospheric vibe of Jurado’s relaxed groove and knowing voice, the mystical content of his most recent albums deserves concentrated attention. Seemingly never one to worry about trends or anything beyond sharing the contents of his heart and head with audiences and listeners, Jurado continues to defy expectations and fly under the mainstream radar. He’s not in it to make it big — which is exactly why he has remained interesting and worth listening to for over two decades.
Biography by Elizabeth Chorney Booth