Kompozytorka, gitarzystka i wokalistka takich zespołów jak Rodan, The Sonora Pine czy Retsin.
Recorded by hand in a ballroom in Louisville, the new album by Tara Jane O'Neil, longtime songwriter, guitarist, and singer, (The Sonora Pine, Retsin, Rodan) and an arranger and engineer of explosively growing gifts, surpasses the promise of her debut solo record of last year. IN THE SUN LINES is a mansion of songs and soundscapes -- each one it's own room, with it's own story, four walls and a door. There are churning machine rooms and meditative parlours, sweaty bedrooms and haunted attics, dirty kitchens and back decks with a view. O'Neil's ability to paint with sound, using her voice, her mixing board, or any of the instruments at her disposal, is realized here at new heights of power. It is not a folk record. It is not "rock." It is a peek at where music is going, as musicians take the reigns and record without the limitations of strict studio time or dependence on what everyone else is doing and cut new paths where others will follow.
The songs on IN THE SUN LINES were written on the road, the NYC apartment, the cabin in the woods in upstate NY, and the beige condo in KY - all places she has called home in the last year. There are representations of minimalism and density, narrative epics and sound pieces clocking in at under two minutes. Confrontations with sickness and health in the past year have brought a new richness and clarity to her voice. A variety of melodic emanations from not just guitars come in and out of the listener's ears, sparking and keeping mental-emotional excitement. These songs can be enjoyed on a spiritual level, and/or late at night with your shirt or your skirt off.
O'Neil's intentionally ill-informed musical guests came through the studio made of space and hard wood to provide some elements of chance and color. Longtime live sideman Noel H.......