February 7, 2012

i want you and the skyline / these are my demands

I keep trying to get further into the new Damien Jurado record, Maraqopa, but then I get stuck and stuck and stalled on this marvelous (melodic, melancholy) song. Not a bad place to be, there swimming in the ghostly doo-wop sadness. Of all them, Damien consistently slays me the most.

Working Titles – Damien Jurado

I didn’t listen to Saint Bartlett (2010) adequately until 2011, so it was voided from my ‘favorite albums of the year’ eligibility, but it totally was one of the very best things released that year. Maraqopa is Damien’s follow-up to Saint Bartlett, also collaborating with the production of Richard Swift, and will be out February 21 on Secretly Canadian. Damien possesses the ability to sledgehammer in on a sentiment with only a handful of words.

Preorder Maraqopa here. It is just completely marvelous.

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  • Damian Jurado is so, so good. I’ve listened to his music for years but had never “seen” him until recently, when I watched his NPR Tiny Desk concert. except when he was playing/singing, he seemed very uncomfortable and even awkward. then I realized that “hey, in his head he’s thinking deep thoughts and writing heartbreaking, devastating and brilliant lyrics – he doesn’t have time to make small talk with you, Bob Boilen”

    LP — February 8, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  • Okay, I’ve now listened to this song a dozen times in the last day. Thanks/ curses!

    Jurado’s just so good.

    Adrian — February 9, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  • [...] a couple tracks from the forthcoming Maraqopa and they were good, but when I heard this one (via Heather) I was in love. A waltz-time break-up song about someone writing a song about you, it swings and [...]

    ipickmynose: an indie, soul and oldies music blog » song obsession friday! (nearish Valentine’s day) — February 10, 2012 @ 4:43 am

  • Heather, i just listened to Working Titles too many times. I keep looking around to see if my husband has gotten tired of it because pushing repeat is at the tip of my fingertips. thanks for letting me know about his newest album. I wish you could visit Seattle and come to Conor Byrne where he frequents on their Sunday night open mic. my friend Holly (who you should look into: http://www.myspace.com/hollygrigsby) was sought after by him one night after playing. she’s unsigned and still in process of finishing up her album. she’s incredible though. sigh. ok, hope you’re well.

    Heather — February 11, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  • This is such a lovely song. On repeat. Thanks!

    Lindsay — February 19, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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