Urban folk singer/songwriter Damien Jurado quietly built up one of the strongest catalogs on the indie scene, earning high critical praise yet somehow never quite getting his proper due. Nick Drake had a definite impact on much of his work, but Jurado modeled his career on more idiosyncratic, unpredictable figures like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Randy Newman—songwriters who followed their own muse wherever it took them, whether fans and critics enjoyed it or not. His independence was born at least in part from the influence of punk, and one of the results was a concern for emotional authenticity that led him to delve into other people’s lives instead of his own. Many of Jurado’s best songs spun concise, literate tales of quiet, everyday despair, which often earned him comparisons to short story writer Raymond Carver. But his storytelling bent—not to mention his ambivalence toward confessional material—arose from a stronger grounding in traditional folk than spiritual compatriots like Elliott Smith or Cat Power. And with detours into pop, roots rock, full-fledged electric indie rock, psychedelia, and even found-sound experiments, Jurado ensured that his body of work was impossible to accurately pin down.

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Damien Jurado has announced a new album, The Horizon Just Laughed, due out May 4th, 2018 via Secretly Canadian. An early preview can be heard in the scenic video for warmly elegant first single, “Over Rainbows and Rainier;” watch the Jordan Halland-directed clip now HERE. The Horizon Just Laughed will be available for purchase on May 4th and available to stream via Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora on July 6th, 2018; the album can be pre-ordered now HERE. All vinyl pre-orders will be shipped to customers one month early, on April 9th.

Like previous albums, The Horizon Just Laughed started with a dream. Though, that's where things change, as they often do. It is Damien Jurado's first self-produced album in a 20+ year career, more personal and more rooted than even his “Maraqopa" trilogy, as though after so much time on the road he's stumbled upon his home (quoting Claire Carey Deering’s album bio).

The album feels like a beautiful collage -- its narrative pieced together through letters and postcards, with each part contributing to its greater whole, and providing snapshots of one’s journey to find a sense of place and connection to a changing world.

The 11 tracks that form The Horizon Just Laughed were recorded with Alex Bush in Irvine, CA’s Sonikwire Studio in February and April 2017.

Seattle singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. Inspired by the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Wachira saw the potential for song to make the world a better place and set out to create music that is “poignant, hopeful and life-giving.” Since her arrival on the Northwest music scene, she has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Folk Artist” by Seattle Weekly, and has cultivated a growing base of enthusiastic fans. She has released four recordings to date–“African Girl” (2012), “Naomi Wachira” (2014), “I am Because You Are” (2015)–and her latest album “Song of Lament” was released in June 2017.

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