The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania by Damien Jurado is out today on Maraqopa Records!
The album is available in all record stores and direct from Damien on www.damienjurado.com or https://maraqoparecords.bandcamp.com/ Outside the USA or Europe, UK buy at your local record store or use this link: https://maraqoparecords.fanlink.to/Damienjurado
03 Dawn Pretend
04 Song For Langston Birch
06 Johnny Caravella
08 Hiding Ghosts
10 Male Customer #1
On The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Damien Jurado gathers up ten stories of people determined not to be broken by their dire circumstances. “The world is a liar, the stars are a must,” he sings over brushed drums, a circling bassline, and acoustic guitar on “Helena,” which opens his 17th album, the first release from Damien’s own Maraqopa Records. Dire circumstances have long been fixtures of Jurado’s songs, which are filled with ghosts, killers, cruel lovers, and the occasional UFO cult or false messiah. But here, the scenes are earthy, drawn from ordinary but no less immense calamities: hurricanes moving toward town, strained connections, amnesiacs in the front yard. On The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Jurado pulls the curtains shut, blocking out “the light now embarrassed and afraid of the dark,” as he sings on “Tom,” one of the album’s haunting numbers, only to throw them open the exact moment sunshine needs to come flooding in.