Damien Jurado may be a big fan of Christmas, but there’s one thing he hasn’t done since he began his solo songwriting career in the mid 1990s: write and record an original Christmas song. Well that has changed and Jurado can now scratch that off his bucket list. “Kalla Hus” came out earlier this week as a digital single.
“Kalla Hus” is a collaboration between Damien Jurado and Kyle Zantos with an accompanying music video directed by Christopher Harrell and starring Randall Walker and Sam Anderson. Alone, together, the song/video are both haunting and ellegant.
In true Jurado form, the song is masterfully crafted with a beautifully textured piano and strings including a pair of cellos and a violin, all backing his deep, melodic and emotive vocals. Even better, the duo adds a brief, subtle yet erratic guitar solo in the middle.
Jurado’s Maraqopa came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian. Watch, stream and download “Kalla Hus” below: