Only Jurado’s voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon, playing a high-strung guitar tuned Nashville style, rendering its sound spooky and celestial.
Promptly following last year’s The Horizon Just Laughed, Jurado recorded these 10 new songs over the course of an afternoon in California. The barebones recording was also only a few months before the passing of Jurado’s longtime collaborator and close friend Richard Swift. “His absence is very much felt on this record,” Jurado said in a statement.
Damien Jurado’s discography is filled with songs written as miniature movies, cinematic vignettes that capture people, the places they are from, and where they are going. In the Shape of a Storm is his first black and white picture. It’s both a snapshot of two hours in a California recording studio and a document spanning 19 years and a life of music. It is the sound of a singer pouring out possible futures and visions. “I believe songs have their own time and place” Jurado says.
The stripped-down In the Shape of a Storm departs from Jurado’s grand, atmospheric arrangements, showing the prolific songwriter at his most vulnerable.
2. Newspaper Gown
3. Oh Weather
5. Throw Me Now Your Arms
6. Where You Want Me To Be
7. Silver Ball
8. The Shape of a Storm
10. Hands On the Table
Damien Jurado: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Josh Gordon: High-strung Guitar
All songs written & performed by Damien Jurado
Produced by Damien Jurado
Recorded & Mixed by Alex Bush at Sonikwire Studio
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, Edgewater, NJ
Cover Art by Damien Jurado
Production Photography by Michael Gordon
Layout by Scott Paverstone
© & ℗ 2019 Mama Bird Recording Co. under license from Damien Jurado