On My Way to Absence
continues on the similar delicate path that Jurado
paved starting with Where Shall You Take Me?
, with subtle differences. Jurado
seems to broaden his palette with which to express this dark business of life on On My Way to Absence
-- lush strings swirl underneath tracks like "White Center" and "Night Out for the Downer," while the use of minimal electronics, keyboards, and samples creeps up on tracks like "Big Decision" and "A Jealous Heart Is a Heavy Heart." All of this is sequenced next to the stripped-down and melancholy rock tracks that Jurado
is known for, the dark confessional "Fuel" and the raw "I Am the Mountain" being the best examples. On My Way to Absence
offers many new areas of musical exploration, suggesting a more mature arranger in Damien Jurado
mingling with the wonderfully sad storyteller and vivid landscape painter that he is already known for on previous releases.