Tara Jane O’Neil
Fuck. Fuck. FUCK. I love her. LOVE HER.
I had one album by her that I picked up used at a CD store years ago. Possibly her 2004 record “You Sound, Reflect”…. but, I can’t find the damn thing… so, I’ve gone to Spotify to relisten to what I’ve been MISSING for years.
She is a fucking GENIUS!!
She’s all over the map, musically… ALL over. And she has worked with countless amazing people in the indie rock world, including one of my all-time favorite bands, Ida, as well as many, many, MANY others… people always want to work with her. Plus, she’s done the album art for her own records as well as many other people (including Ida)….
How can I describe her music?
It’s melancholy indie/folk/ambient music… occasionally loop-based, as she is very fond of using loop pedals to make beautifully melodic soundscapes and textures from silence/nothing. She sings often, in her songs… and the songs are just mesmerizing, man. Absolutely mesmerizing. Every guitar, keyboard, drum machine, and weird instrument is played by her…. and occasionally, her songs have drums… I’m not sure if she plays them on her records or not.
I needed this tonight. Oh man, did I need this. It’s been such a rough time in my life…. and this…. this music, is just what the doctor ordered.
Here’s a Spotify stream of 2001’s “In The Sun Lines”. I especially love the 8-minute instrumental song “This Morning”, near the end of the record…. MMMM!
And here’s a Spotify stream of her 2004 record “You Sound, Reflect”. The first song “Take The Walking” is so interesting and dynamic… wow.
FYI, Tara’s birthday is November 22nd. She will be 42. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tara!! Thank you for making such incredibly interesting, textured music…. god DAMN…. could she perhaps be one of my new favorites? What have I been MISSING all this time?!!