Damien Jurado Announces New Album In the Shape of a Storm, Shares First Single “South”

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Damien Jurado has announced his new album, In the Shape of a Storm, out April 12 on Mama Bird Recording Co., alongside the release of its first single, “South.”

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.

The stripped-down In the Shape of a Storm departs from Jurado’s grand, atmospheric arrangements, showing the prolific songwriter at his most vulnerable.

Jurado said of the moving first single, ”’South,’ like most songs that I write, is a collage of sorts, or collection of snapshots, that center around two characters. One could even presume me, or me as an alternate self. Dark, isolated and slightly menacing in tone for a waltz number.”

Listen to “South” and watch a 2007 Jurado performance from the Paste archives below, and keep scrolling for his tour dates, including select stops with Anna St. Louis.

In the Shape of a Storm Album Art:


In the Shape of a Storm Tracklist:
01. Lincoln
02. Newspaper Gown
03. Oh Weather
04. South
05. Throw Me Now Your Arms
06. Where You Want Me to Be
07. Silver Ball
08. The Shape of a Storm
09. Anchors
10. Hands on the Table

Damien Jurado Tour Dates:

27 – San Antonio, Texas @ Paper Tiger
28 – Austin, Texas @ The North Door

01 – Dallas, Texas @ The Wild Detectives
02 – Dallas, Texas @ The Wild Detectives
07 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Highland Park Ebell Club*

05 – Portland, Ore. @ Revolution Hall

10 – Burlington, Ver. @ Arts Riot*
11 – Portsmouth, N.H. @ 3S Artspace*
13 – Holyoke, Mass. @ Gateway City Arts*
14 – Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott*
15 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Park Church Co-op*
16 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Park Church Co-op*
17 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s*
18 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall*
20 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Cabaret at Theater Square*
22 – Hopewell, N.J. @ Hopewell Theater*
23 – Ithaca, N.Y. @ The Haunt*
24 – Toronto, Ont. @ The Drake Hotel*

02-04 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon

(* – with Anna St. Louis)