Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
Seattle journeyman Damien Jurado has managed to stay almost completely out of the limelight since 1997, when he came up with some of the other spare and haunting songwriters like Elliott Smith and Mark Kozelek. I had been largely unfamiliar with Jurado’s music up until 2010’s Saint Bartlett hit, an album produced by fellow behind-the-scenes singer/songwriter Richard Swift, who pushed Jurado towards a bigger sound and vision, bringing Jurado’s music to a whole new level. Swift added strings, a gospel choir, and a reverb wall of sound that allowed his normally sobering songs to soar. On 2012’s Maraqopa, Jurado continued his roll of graceful songs produced by the lo-fi Phil Spector, Richard Swift. Now on his latest, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Jurado brings his newfound sound into its full realization with an 11-song musical journey about a man searching for purpose, and like Jurado himself, it seems the central character has truly found where he belongs.
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Father John Misty
Long before Joshua Tillman moved to Hollywood and took on the persona of Father John Misty, he was drumming for a little band known as Saxon Shore. Saxon Shore is a small post-rock instrumental 4-piece band that had the ability to put on some pretty insane shows. I remember seeing them my first year of college in Ball State University’s student center cafeteria. They left quite the impression, but I hardly heard from them again after that show. After he left Saxon Shore, he moved to Seattle, and began pursuing his solo career. Luckily for Joshua, Damien Jurado got his paws on one of Josh’s tapes and asked Josh to join him on a small tour, in which he was mostly not cared for. It was after that tour he joined up with his most promising musical venture to date, Fleet Foxes. Two masterful albums, a stunning EP, a few tours, and many praises later, he left the Fleet to re-pursue his solo career yet again, but this time with a new name, a new attitude, and a totally new sound. Even though Fleet Foxes seem to still be only growing by the minute in popularity, Joshua felt Father John busting from every pore of his body and couldn’t wait any longer to release him to the world. So he packed his things, moved down to Hollywood, and as a result, we are now blessed with Fear Fun.
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Not exactly sure what’s caused it, but my music listening as of late has been all over the board. From Neil Young’s On The Beach to Q-Tip’s solo work to indie groups like Islands and School of Seven Bells, I’m all over the map. I lack serious direction at the moment. Thus, this playlist reflects my scatterbrain listening at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less worthwhile. This list has some of the best nuggets I have shared to date.
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