Seattle indie rocker Damien Jurado just gave us a first taste of his upcoming album, Visions of Us on the Land. The song "Exit 353" was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. Check it out in the audio player above.
The album, which is set to release in March 2016, is the third in a series of albums produced by Richard Swift that features a string of recurring characters. "Exit 353" features a Fleet Foxes-esque wall of sound that begins with warm acoustic guitar that's supplemented by thick distorted bass, dreamy organ, reverb-laden drums, and fiery electric guitar.
Damien describes his process working with producer Richard Swift:
“‘Exit 353’ was the first song I wrote for this new album, and I initially wasn’t sure about it,” Jurado tells NPR. “When it came time for me to be in the studio, sitting in front of the microphone, I hesitated as to whether or not I would actually perform it once I received the signal from Richard that we were recording. I over-counted the beginning and just sang it through. When the take was finished, Richard turned to me and said, ‘I think this could be a great single.’ Living in the fresh uncertainty of what I had just recorded, I just had to lean into it and trust his instinct.”
The lyrics seem to address feelings of alienation, to the point of even being alien: "You were alive / Shining like some planet you call home" He also casts some pretty metaphysical questions out to the listener, "Are we all not lost in song?"
Visions of Us on the Land is due out March 18th, 2016 on the Secretly Canadian record label. Pick up a copy on Amazon.
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