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Damien Jurado – Reggae Film Star

Damien Jurado

Reggae movie star

Maraqopa . records


A cinematic scan of the tendons is opened Presentthe first song on Damien JuradoEighteenth album Reggae movie star. Usually calling movie strings a lazy music press talk, but in this case, it has to be said. Reggae movie star It is an album that owes most of its objective muscle to cinema. Here is a collection of songs that lie somewhere between dream and celluloid, songs whose images seem filtered through nostalgic gauze or subtly altered by the gaze of a silent audience. Old technology seems to be able to harness transmission from another time – the old radio in PresentFor example, it becomes a kind of magical tool capable of bringing hope or sadness.

Jurado has made a very good career by walking the line between nostalgia and raw emotion. 2020 What’s new, Tomboy? It was a blurry collection of songs about sadness and longing. Reggae movie star It deals with similar ideas but with a more coherent structure. The poetic sound is maintained throughout, references to film and television (particularly the American sitcom Alice) make the piece cohesive, and the result is a cinematic album in itself. Meet Eddie Smith, which begins with grim surrealism and progresses into a haunted shuffle, blurs the lines between reality and Hollywood fiction. Jurado’s gruff delivery and faded acoustic guitar are the basis of his sound, but he’s able to pick up the pace when the song demands it: Roger’s testfor example, gets a partially heavy percussion kick.

And – as in the elusive and complex singular, What happened to class 65? He is adept at encapsulating the cautious hope that comes with losing someone. Here, as elsewhere, there is a kind of double show: real life is covered in cinema. And since one bleeds into the other, you’re not quite sure which one. The effect is disturbing, but very satisfying. on me Location, undisclosed 1980the mystery crystallizes into something tangible, yet still on the border between the fictional world and the lived experience, as Jurado sings: “I can never live a life without you / I can never do another movie,” a line that appears later in pain of no return. Literary theorists may see something of a postmodernity in this technique, perhaps as a continuous play between simulated and narrative storytelling. But perhaps it would be more useful to see it as a reflection of the narrator’s mental state, riven by the strangeness of the silver screen, and reformed with human love or kindness.

This shattered state of mind is best noted in Android Day, a song associated almost exclusively with dialogue. We’re never sure if the dialogue is professional or if it just exists inside the mind of the album’s narrator. similarly, Ready for my rounding It begins with quiet, modern detail before fading back into a wordy buildup that eventually leads us to the unlikely direction of Mount St. Helens’ eruption.

Musical Diversity Reggae movie star It is even more impressive given the conceptual clarity of the album. There’s a rock sound from the ’70s – gritty drums and swollen bass Recorded in front of a Live Studio audienceWhile Whatever happened to Paul Sand Like gloomy Paul Simon. Louis Lambert It’s like a missing snippet from some Jimmy Webb’s existential construct. Two songs are enhanced by a surprisingly accurate piano. The last song , Jork meets the desert monsterIt is the most amazing and the most complex. It splits in two, like the narrator, and slips into the turbulent silence of the bearer.

Reggae movie star Not an album that offers easy answers, but despite its subtle nature, it never feels intense beyond explanation, thanks to Jurado’s catchy way of words. You feel it unloads a trail of evidence before your eyes that a new truth may reveal itself at every turn. It’s an addictive listening, full of faded beauty and lit by distant hope.

Reggae Film Star is released on June 24, 2022

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