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Tara Jane O'Neil

Ways Away (K)

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The supremely talented musician and visual artist Tara Jane O'Neil has given us yet another stunning album. Ways Away (her eighth solo disc and a fitting successor to 2006's In Circles) is built mostly on vamping motifs, echoing guitar phrases and faint percussive elements, with a languid tranquility that hovers over each of its songs. The result is like capturing the serenity that hovers at the start of each day. While it is hard not to think of the equally hypnotic Low, Yo La Tengo and Ida (with whom she has collaborated before), the sustained fragility of Ways Away leaves no doubt that O'Neil's distinct voice grows stronger with each release.

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