Tara Jane O'Neil announces new album & shares first single "Curling" 28 Feb 2024

Photo by Rachael Cassells

On April 26, Orindal Records will release The Cool Cloud of Okayness, the new album by Tara Jane O'Neil.

The Cool Cloud of Okayness was written amidst the skirmishes and shuffle of the seven years since her last song based 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 the rebuilding, 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.

Listen to The Cool Cloud of Okayness’s first single, "Curling," here:

Find "Curling" on your preferred streaming service HERE.

Pre-order The Cool Cloud of Okayness on Cloud vinyl, Classic Black vinyl or digital formats HERE.

Tara Jane O'Neil is playing a handful of U.S. live dates around the release of The Cool Cloud of Okayness, including some May California dates w/ Orindal labelmates Advance Base & Karima Walker. Get your tickets HERE. **Please note that Tara Jane O'Neil's May Midwest tour dates are being rescheduled.**