Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

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(Secretly Canadian)

Anyone who watched the recent BBC 4 programme on classic American rock, Born to be Wild, will recognise the distinctly West Coast feel of the latest album by Seattle's Damien Jurado.

Were it not for the digital clarity of the sound he and producer Richard Swift, collaborating for the third time, have on these ten tracks, much of the album could convincingly come from 1969 rather than 45 years later.

Although there is lots of the sound of Fillmore West and more than a touch of Nick Drake in the mix, if your taste runs more to Fleet Foxes or Mercury Rev, you may be equally at home.

This is not, however, contemporary music. More worrying is the fact that Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son appears to be that dreaded thing, a concept album, and apparently a narrative follow-up to 2012's Maraqopa.

Not that I have the slightest notion what that journey is, although it appears to be a silver one, judging by the titles of half the tracks. And then there is the odd resemblance of the wordless vocals on Jericho Road to a classic heavy metal anthem by Deep Purple. . .

Keith Bruce