Jason Bajada’s New Album ‘Crushed Grapes’ Is Out Today

Following the release of its first two singles “Snake” and “Walt Disney”, the highly anticipated album Crushed Grapes by Montreal Singer-Songwriter Jason Bajada is out today via Audiogram.

Far from the daily grind, a California sun and Brooklyn road trips fill Jason Bajada’s evocative lyrics on his new album. The words seep of mellow hangovers, taking it easy, pondering that debaucherous night of drinking, smoking, talking with a lovesick friend, listening to Leonard Cohen LPs while laying on the living room rug. He tells his tale, inviting us in. Bajada paints a pretty scene we all know too well.

Crushed Grapes was written over several years. I wrote the first songs as I was coming out of a dark period, still feeling sore. Then wrote the next ones while relearning to walk with a spring in my step, each song helping me get further away from the abyss. To me, this album is about learning to slow dance with melancholy. During a four-month exile in California, I read John Fante’s Ask the Dust (he was Charles Bukowski’s favorite author) and I came upon this amazing metaphor: ‘[…] her eyes looked like crushed grapes.’ Fante’s poetry played a major part in the writing of my album’s title song. After crying every tear, your river eventually runs dry. Transformed. Wiser. Lighter. A calm after the storm,” says Bajada.