Release Date: May 14, 2021
Record label: Maraqopa Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
It can be tricky to dream up a fresh angle for discussing an artist on their 17th album. In Jurado's case, the sheer consistency of the criminally underrated songwriter's vision and strike rate over the more recent years of his quarter century in active circulation means that The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania must rank as a front page event. Sonically, the reverb-laden technicolour splendor of the Maraqopa trilogy (consisting of three loosely themed masterpieces of modern psychedelia crafted between 2012 and 2016 with the late producer Richard Swift ) has been scaled back to a sparse, homespun dryness, with multi-instrumentalist Josh Gordon colouring Jurado's acoustic guitar and vocals with judiciously administered further instrumentation.