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Tara Jane O'Neil - The Cool Cloud of Okayness (2024) [Official Digital Download]

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Tara Jane O'Neil - The Cool Cloud of Okayness (2024) [Official Digital Download]

Tara Jane O'Neil - The Cool Cloud of Okayness (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 37:00 minutes | 384 MB
Indie Folk, Female Vocal | Label: Orindal Records, Official Digital Download

Transformation is what happens in the hinge between before and after.

A house burns down and is rebuilt again, persons become spirit, known worlds break apart and fall together again. Tara Jane O’Neil’s new album, The Cool Cloud of Okayness, was written amidst the skirmishes and shuffle of the seven years since her self-titled album (although there has been a fascinating array of collaborations, tributes, rarities and experiments released in the interim). Recorded by TJO at her home studio in Upper Ojai, California, a studio built on the ashes of the home lost to the Thomas Fire. Many of The Cool Cloud of Okayness’s nine tracks were developed in the time between the wildfire and therebuilding, between lockdown and reopening. TJO, her partner (dancer, choreographer and frequent collaborator) Jmy James Kidd and their dog sheltered from the storms in the high desert of Southern California and the deep suburbs of Louisville, KY. In these locales were discovered the improvised bass guitar figures to Kidd’s dance which transformed into songs during pandemic isolation, then brought to the ensemble of drummer/percussionist Sheridan Riley (of Alvvays), multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements, and on a couple, guitarist Meg Duffy (of Hand Habits & Duffy x Uhlmann). They build and gleefully destroy and rebuild again. There is joy in the ensemble’s shared queer identity- an identity that refuses to be agreed upon. This record too challenges any easy genre or definition. This record is sculpture and portrait of times and loved ones gone past. It is spiritual and it is psychedelic. TJO’s deft production and rock-solid bass playing hold the center, and her spectral guitar and singing voice carry the message.

The Cool Cloud of Okayness sings sometimes like a promise, sometimes like a mantra. It says “We are bright, like the fire. Joy too can be a way of fighting.” In the persistent rhythms, every repetition feels like a challenge. How many times around the sun? What changes every time? How much loss can someone take? Grief becomes a feedback loop that drones on and on, yet if we listen closely one can almost hear the hope sprouting up, little seedlings pushing through the mud. The Cool Cloud of Okayness is both a celebration and a requiem, it transforms grief, it carries a torch, and the torch is bright.

“where we first received the arrow
there remains a joyful wound
for joy is a form of fight,
we bright.”

1. Cool Cloud of Okayness (2:33)
2. Seeing Glass (4:04)
3. Two Stones (5:36)
4. We Bright (3:14)
5. A Dash (0:45)
6. Glass Island (5:42)
7. Curling (5:33)
8. Fresh End (6:18)
9. Kaichan Kitchen (3:16)

foobar2000 1.4.1 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2024-04-28 15:52:36

Analyzed: Tara Jane O'Neil / The Cool Cloud of Okayness

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR9 -0.08 dB -11.75 dB 2:33 01-Cool Cloud of Okayness
DR7 0.00 dB -7.98 dB 4:04 02-Seeing Glass
DR6 0.00 dB -9.54 dB 5:36 03-Two Stones
DR7 0.00 dB -8.47 dB 3:14 04-We Bright
DR6 -10.18 dB -17.92 dB 0:45 05-A Dash
DR7 0.00 dB -8.66 dB 5:42 06-Glass Island
DR5 0.00 dB -7.44 dB 5:33 07-Curling
DR6 0.00 dB -8.04 dB 6:18 08-Fresh End
DR8 -5.28 dB -15.02 dB 3:16 09-Kaichan Kitchen

Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR7

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1093 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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