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The Cool Cloud Of Okayness Japanese cd import


The compact disc edition of The Cool Cloud of Okayness comes packaged in a Japanese-style mini LP jacket w/ protective disc sleeve, obi strip & 8-panel art & lyric sheet insert. Lyrics are printed in both Japanese & English. 9 tracks, 37 minutes.
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Cool Cloud of Okayness
Seeing Glass
Two Stones
We Bright
A Dash
Glass Island
Fresh End
Kaichan Kitchen

Tara Jane O’Neil- Bass, Bass VI, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Slide Guitar Solo (Cool Cloud of Okayness), Vocal
Sheridan Riley- Drums (except Cool Cloud, A Dash, Kaichan Kitchen)
Walt McClements- Accordion, Keyboards, Trumpet (except Cool Cloud, A Dash, Kaichan Kitchen)
Meg Duffy- Guitar Processor 10 (Seeing Glass, Two Stones)
Marisa Anderson- Guitar ghost notes at the end of Cool Cloud of Okayness
Jody Bleyle and Twylo Landey- vocals on Glass Island
Sonny Koch and Devika Wickremesinghe- vocals on Curling
Jmy Kidd, Teeny, Lena Kassof- Ambient Vibe

Recorded and Produced by TJO at Upper O
Mixed by TJO and Scott Hirsch at Echo Magic Sound
Additional recording on Cool Cloud by John Morgan Askew at Bocce Studios
Mastered by Warren Defever at Third Man Mastering

Cover Collage by Sara O’Neil
Clouds and Cosmic Eggs by TJO

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.

Transformation is what happens in the hinge between before and after.