Damien Jurado’s last album, Saint Bartlett, has slowly become my favorite in his 15 year discography. That album was produced by Richard Swift and the collaboration was magical. Jurado and Swift have been sweating it out in the studio and will release Damien’s new album, Maraqopa, in February.
Don’t expect a simple folk record. Maraqopa promises to find team Jurado/Swift forging into new territory. “Nothing is News” is the first glimpse of the record and with jazzy percussion, bluesy guitar and an addictive, dark quirkiness. A promising start for 2012?