Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: Jim Wurster returns with his boldest effort yet.
Jim Wurster: Darkness becomes him.
Jim Wurster can claim credit as one of South Florida's most original musicians, not simply because he possesses a singular sound but, more important, because he continually ventures into new terrain and does so without regard to commercial consequences.
Beginning with his tenure at the helm of the goth-like band Black Janet and continuing through his stint with the Atomic Cowboys, a series of rootsy ruminations on his own, and a one-off collaboration with the Skyrider Band, Wurster has eschewed any need for fashion or frenzy in pursuit of his muse.
Currently referring to himself simply as Wurster, the Broward native is preparing for the imminent release of his latest album, Raw, an apt title considering the set's stripped-down feel. However, don't be tricked into thinking this is some kind of exercise in sleepy acoustic balladry. In fact, it's infused with eerie effects and electronic drones seemingly at odds with the laid-back motif.More »