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releases May 28, 2021
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You get 1 track now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
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—
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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“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.
supported by 12 fans who also own “Leaving California”
This album boasts fantastic production, creative lyrics, and progressive instrumentation. Above all, it's a masterclass in songwriting. Along with part 1, this is one of my favorite progressive folk albums. Eric Davidson
supported by 11 fans who also own “Leaving California”
PRAISE THIS ALBUM & JACK O’ THE CLOCK, a band initiated & "controlled"(?) by composing multiinstrumentalist Damon Waitkus for ≥10yrs. But, how t. f..k to describe this? Referring to other bands? Forget it. Clumsy genre-label-combinations? Worth a try: very melodic, adventurous multi-structured (fake-)Hillbilly-RIO-Fusion-singer-song ...? Very rich, intriguing, not muscular but hymnic ...?? DIG, DISCOVER & LOVE IT! (You'll probalbly get used to Damon's voice. If not? Hmh? ...) ROWIAL