Anyone who is able to make music that functions as both poem and song possesses something that warrants a special sort of regard. Eclectic multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane O’Neil has been doing just that since ’92, and nowhere is her talent more evident than on “Sand,” the lead single from her upcoming self-titled record, premiering today on The FADER.
On “Sand,” the L.A.-based artist weaves a poetic sentiment around haunting, reverberating guitar chords — the words and sounds are bound so tightly together that there's no real distinction separating the two. “When you get back to the water’s edge/ nothing remains but these subtle threads,” she sings, her voice slow and drawn-out, as if she's in a trance.
"'Sand' was originally written about the place I hold in my own ancestral line,” TJO said of the song, which was recorded "mostly live" at the Wilco Loft in Chicago, in an email to The FADER. “Recent world events have opened up the song to include everyone, in a loose interpretation of the quote ‘we are the granddaughters of the witches you weren't able to burn.’”