Tara Jane O'Neil
"In The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein writes: 'I may say that only three times in my life have I met a genius and each time a bell within me rang and I was not mistaken.' When I first met Tara Jane O'Neil, about 25 years ago—and more particularly, the first time I saw her play—this bell rang. I was not mistaken." —Maggie Nelson
Twenty-eight years into her kaleidoscopic discography (as a founding member of bands like Rodan, Retsin & The Sonora Pine & as a solo recording artist with albums on Quarterstick, K, Kranky & Gnomonsong Records), 2020's Songs for Peacock was the first album Tara Jane O’Neil released with Orindal Records & the first album she credited to just her initials: TJO. Recorded using primitive drum machines & synthesizers in addition to her familiar tools of guitar, bass & voice, Songs for Peacock is an atmospheric, psychedelic collection of pop covers recalled from TJO’s youth, intended as a sort of psychic mixtape for her late brother Brian.
On July 23, 2021, TJO will release her second album for Orindal: Dispatches from the Drift. Recorded at home in Southern California throughout 2020, Dispatches from the Drift plays like a series of private meditations; music made for the pure & joyous purpose of personal exploration. Lovingly mastered by Matt Bachmann, Dispatches from the Drift is a psychedelic sound diary that moves gently & melodically through sixty-three minutes of shifting texture & mood.
- Official website
- Brooklyn Vegan premieres the "Cruel Summer" music video
- Stereogum shares "Cruel Summer"
- Trev Elkin reviews Songs for Peacock for God Is in the TV
- Music Won't Save You reviews Songs for Peacock
- Songs for Peacock is Bandcamp's Album of the Day
- Jon Doyle reviews Songs for Peacock for Various Small Flames
- "Everybody Knows" music video directed by Alicia McDaid
- GoldFlakePaint premieres "A Sunday 2020" music video
- Dispatches From the Drift is Music Won't Save You's album of the week
- Anthony D'Amico reviews Dispatches From the Drift for Brainwashed
- Johny Lamb reviews Dispatches From the Drift for The Quietus
- Matty McPherson reviews Dispatches From the Drift for Tabs Out
- Bandcamp Daily presents a Tara Jane O'Neil career overview