Leaving California

by Jack O' the Clock

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    releases May 28, 2021

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    digital album releases May 28, 2021
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Jubilation 02:49
Jubilation Once in my life, came a heat across my chest: I dropped everything and followed her laughing fire, fanning west through the grassland and up into the foothills, the massifs breathing into midday, where we lay down and wept for joy. I want to tell you that whatever it is, it is possible. Sky-blue, she steps out onto the breezy, old front porch where I hang my tacky thoughts to dry, beaming quietly over me. She’s beaming right through the anvils of the afternoon— jubilation! ----- Damon Waitkus - lead and backing vocals, mandolin, electric, acoustic, and baritone guitars, piano, percussion Jason Hoopes - bass Jordan Glenn - drums Thea Kelley - backing vocals
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Narrow Gate


“One of the most original and compelling groups I know playing some amazing compositions that seem to tread effortlessly between Van Dyke Parks and folk music from an as yet unidentified culture, while making all the things you've always thought of as difficult sound as effortless and natural as breathing...Amazing production. Extraordinary compositions. You need to hear it.” – Fred Frith

Jack O’ The Clock’s Leaving California is a highly-detailed musical adventure that reveals new layers with repeated listens, from the opening strums of “Jubilation,” which introduces the record with whimsical folksy fanfare, to the angular harmonized violin lead on the closing track, “Narrow Gate.” Throughout, the songs of bandleader Damon Waitkus recall artists such as David Sylvian, Fairport Convention, and Elliott Smith, while creative musical arrangements showcase the band’s high-level compositional and instrumental chops. Upon first listen, Leaving California offers plenty of hooks, but this is music that truly reveals its depth upon the scrutiny of repeated spins.

The band have referred to themselves as 'majestic junk folk' and that's a pretty funny but not inaccurate description for a band who blend folk music and experimental music together in a unique way.

“It’s like hearing some of my favourite 'Old Timey' fiddle and guitar records...updated with compositional ideas worthy of a Stockhausen or a Boulez.” – The Sound Projector


releases May 28, 2021

Damon Waitkus – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, keyboards, hammer dulcimer, etc
Emily Packard – violin
Jason Hoopes – bass
Jordan Glenn – drums
Thea Kelly – vocals

Ivor Holloway - clarinet on track 3 and saxophones on track 7
Josh Packard - cello on track 4
Myles Boisen - pedal steel on track 5

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Damon Waitkus in Alameda and Oakland, CA and at Orchard Hill Studio, Brattleboro, VT, 2018–2020.

Mastered by Myles Boisen.


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