by / August 17th, 2010 /

Damien Jurado, Richard Swift – Whelan’s, Dublin

DNP presents
DAMIEN JURADO
With Special Guest Richard Swift.

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St
Fri 24th September, 8pm

Tickets €19.75 incl booking fee available from Ticketmaster outlet, Tickets.ie, City Discs & WAV Tickets [lo-call 1890 200 078]

We’re delighted to announce that DAMIEN JURADO will play Whelan’s on Sept 24th in support of his acclaimed ninth album Saint Bartlett. Said record was produced by and features labelmate RICHARD SWIFT, who will be the special guest on this tour – performing solo then joining Damien for the headline set each night.

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Saint Bartlett opens up with a grandiosity yet unheard on a Damien Jurado album. It strips away the many layers of paint from the house down the street where we know Jurado has occupied for the last decade. The new coat is exhilarating. It makes the whole neighborhood shine. It’s a modest grandiosity; still homegrown. The mellotron swells, heavenly handclaps ring in stereo and big drums create a sky for the songs to fly in. And the words. Words spring forth from within the volcano of Jurado, full of hope. There’s so much hope, in fact, that album opener Cloudy Shoes turns into a call-and-response with himself, as though it were a dialogue between two halves of himself.

“I wish that I could float up from the ground / I will never know what that’s like” Heavy stuff. Richard Swift’s Spector-esque production is spot-on. He ferries Jurado across the river, where the metamorphosis occurs. He then ferries him back, and it is through Swift’s lens that we see Jurado not as a folk singer, but as a mystic — somewhere between Van Morrison, Scott Walker and Wayne Coyne. Saint Bartlett was made entirely at Swift’s National Freedom studio in Oregon, in just under a week with only Jurado and Swift as the performers.

We’re offering Arkansas and Cloudy Shoes as free mp3s, links for reposting:

Watch the Lance Alton Troxel and Ulysses///Onasis-directed video for Arkansas here.

Damien recently filmed a live session, including two brand new songs, for KEXP in his native Seattle. Watch the footage on the station’s blog:
http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2010/08/11/live-video-damien-jurado-capitol-hill-block-party/