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I'm in the home stretch of this week's reviewing marathon but time is running very short so you'll have to excuse my hurried review of this new Tara Jane O'Neil album, a record which was clearly made to be savoured by people who have enough time to sit back, turn off their phone, pour their favourite drink and properly enjoy it. Tara Jane has been in various bands over the years, including Rodan, but as a solo artist she's an old school sound alchemist who makes otherworldly songs in tapestries of strange distant tones and blurred melodic drift.
This latest LP is probably best compared to the likes of Julianna Barwick or Grouper, although the compositions here err far more towards conventional songwriting than either of those two, and the chopped vocals of opener 'Welcome' are actually reminding me more of up-and-coming Laurie Anderson-influenced types like Julia Holter and Holly Herndon. The likes of 'This Morning Glory' and 'To Lull The Going' are intimate, chiming ditties full of clarity and stillness which contrast nicely with the more blurred, cryptic tones draped over much of the rest of the record, but whatever O'Neil is doing, she does with grace and poise and a real delicate touch. I wish I had time to listen to this one properly, in a hot bath with a big spliff and a beaker of whiskey.
7/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 16th March 2014
"Where Shine New Lights is truly less an album and more of a daydream, one that feels as natural and real as tracing a finger over still water, yet as intangible as trying to grasp at a light summer’s breeze. It's like making out with the memory of a former lover and when it's finished you’re left kinda wondering if you even heard it all." For the full review please see: http://www.sicmagazine.net/7295/tara-jane-oneil-where-shine-new-lights
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