Van Dyke Parks hasn’t released an album in almost a decade, but the American pop song cycle is still very much alive. With his debut single “Colonels of the Morning”, E.R. Jurken brings us an unsettling pop cacophony. The song is off Jurken’s debut album I Stand Corrected, which is due out on April 23 on Drag City Record’s new label Country Thyme.
Drag City Records shared the story behind the new album:
“I Stand Corrected took some time to stand up. During the 20-teens, E.R. Jurken – known to friends ‘n fams (‘n us) as Ed – drifted through his thirty-somethings, doing not all that well. This directionless course came to a head in 2012 with a traumatic series of events that hung over subsequently like a mist. Ed sold his belongings and began a series of moves, leading back to his former home of Chicago, where, seeking to rally, he bought a guitar off a stranger and got a referral from an old friend to longtime Drag City factotum Rian Murphy, who was interested in the sound of what Ed had in mind. From wounds just beneath the surface of his skin for so long, songs poured forth, with Ed demoing one per week on his mobile phone, featuring guitar and extensive vocal arrangements. After a few months, it was clear the cycle was complete.”
Listen to the song:
Stream the song here