Portland-based musician and visual artist Tara Jane O’Neil returns to the UK next month as part of a solo European tour, and she’s bringing lots of goodies to sell. First up is Live & Covered, an exclusive tour EP featuring live tracks and a surprisingly fragile cover of Cher’s massive chart hit ‘Believe’ that has gone down a storm at gigs since she debuted it at a show at Tokyo’s O-Nest back in April.
Just as excitingly, she’s bringing copies of her second book ‘Wings. Strings. Meridians: A Blighted Bestiary’, released in the US last year but previously unavailable in the UK. It’s 96 pages of beautiful homemade illustrations with an accompanying 15-track CD of live tracks, demos and outtakes, and I really, really want one. See some sample pages from the book here.
In other news, O’Neil has recently completed work on the follow-up to her 2006 album In Circles with longtime collaborator Dan Littleton of Ida and drummer Geoff Soule of Californian rockers Fuck. Writing in her Myspace blog, she revealed that the as yet untitled album features “superstar guest vocals all over the place”. But no vocoders, we hope.
Tara plays The Britons Protection in Manchester on November 12th and the Brixton Windmill in London the following day. Support for the London date (buy tickets) comes from Congregation and Music For One, who releases her new album The Red Thumb next month through Perennial Records.
live cover of Michael Hurley’s ‘New River Blues’