Published Feb 23, 2010Since releasing his haunting 2008 release Caught in the Trees, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has been lurking in the background, working on various projects. For one such project, he's been writing and recording a new album called Saint Bartlett, which is due out sometime later this year. On top of that, the artist managed to team up with his little brother Drake and launch a new project called Hoquiam.
The band is named for the small Washington town that Drake was born in, with Damien saying the album's songs are "naturally a reflection of these two things - our years living on the coast of Washington, and my brother himself." He goes on to describe the album's themes, saying, "The songs themselves are rich in the elements and themes of ocean air, coastal living, forgotten people, and lastly, the macabre. That last theme is a direct influence from Drake, whose greatest love lies in the genre of horror movies and garage music."
The self-titled album is due out today (February 23) via St. Ives Records, but will be limited to 500 copies. The reason for the release's limited nature is that, like all St. Ives releases, it contains handmade cover art and is intended to sell out to reduce any environmental impact. As a result, you better order your copy immediately if you want one.
A song from the album called "Zombies of the Sea" can be heard here.