Video: Damien Jurado – “Kalla Hus”


In case you’ve missed the flood of Sufjan Stevens’ odd Christmas music, let’s take Damien Jurado’s beautiful, orchestral “Kalla Hus” as an opportunity to remind you that we love odd Christmas music–even when its angle is somewhere south of cheery.

“Kalla Hus” and its accompanying video explore a man’s life coming to an end in the context of his final Christmas. It’s difficult listening, comprising an arrangement that haunts and soars and painfully resonant lyrics, all before breaking into a jagged instrumental section that conjures the pain and confusion of loss. Jurado’s treatment of a difficult and potentially leaden subject is delicate and sincere, giving touching life to a topic we all fear and, at one time or another, all face.


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