For more than two decades, Jurado has sung folk songs brimming with prophetic imagination. His fourteenth studio album In The Shape of a Storm is no exception. Recorded one California afternoon, months before the passing of his longtime collaborator Richard Swift, it is no concidence that Swift’s death looms over the album. ‘There is nothing left to hide,’ Jurado sings on the opening track Lincoln, and this is something of a statement for all these songs, rendered in Jurado’s solo voice and guitar, unadorned, clear and laid-bare. Originally written two decades ago, Lincoln was shelved and forgotten about until Jurado came across it in an old cassette tape. The discovery inspired him to go about gathering up songs that had never found proper homes. As a result, In the Shape of a Storm is like an archive of previously abandoned songs. “I believe songs have their own time and place,” Jurado says. For these ten, that time has finally come.