By Kenny McMurtrie
January 13, 2013
I’ll admit to having been a bit dismissive of the tiny Damien Jurado art exhibition at last year’s Le Guess Who? What it reminded me of though was that his 2012 album Marapoqa was one of my favourites of that year. Is Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son going to be the first of many 2014 favourites?
Initially the first thing that you notice about Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son is that silver, for some reason, has been on Jurado’s mind when composing his 11th album. Five song titles begin with the word. Hard though to say if this is a conceptual work.
Musically the album doesn’t differ greatly from its immediate predecessor – generally upbeat and laidback (take the dreamy haze of ‘Silver Timothy’ for example) there’s no room for angst here.
Jurado fits in to that lineage of singer songwriters that contains the likes of Paul Simon & Jackson Browne though obviously with enough 21st century pops & crackles to keep him firmly in a contemporary setting.
There’s also a Scott Walker-ish bombastic element at play in the music on offer here, notably in the kettle drums and bells of ‘Jericho Road’. Images of doomed gunfighters at high noon in some Leone western are conjured up.
Maybe they were duelling over the local silver strike as after that point in the running order it’s silver all the way until album closer ‘Suns In Your Mind’. As with the earlier Timothy his siblings Donna, Malcolm, Katherine & Joy have a warmly blissed out, ritualistic-chant-round-the-campfire thing going on for them.
Far too early then to really say if this’ll make it in to a personal list of the year but a safe bet that it’ll still be getting played in the next 12 months.