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There is a new French-language review of the new album, REPETITIONS OF THE OLD CITY - II, and interview on Clair et Obscur, courtesy of Pascal Bouquillard. Thanks, Pascal! An English-language version of the interview portion is available HERE.

Two new releases featuring members of JOTC!

“Hello”by songwriter Art Elliot. I'm perpetually bowled over by the clarity, beauty, and catchiness of Art's songwriting, the feel and precision of his piano playing, and soulfulness of his voice. I (Damon) played bass and sang backup on this album (and acted in this VIDEO) and Emily contributed strings. The album also features our frequent collaborators Darren Johnston and Eli Wise.

Jordan Glenn’s large ensemble BEAK just released an album of vibrant instrumental music, mixed and produced by Michael Coleman and released by our friends at the nascent local label Geomancy. Excellent stuff.

We are proud to announce that we have been included in a Bandcamp Daily feature on Rock In Opposition, as one of“10 of the best active, RIO-associated bands”working today.

Check out a new AUDIO INTERVIEW with Damon Waitkus for the ShedSounds podcast with Ian Beabout, talking about“the challenge of realizing older work through the lens of current aesthetics, the power of strong language in songwriting and the development of creativity in secluded individuals.”

There is also a new French interview with Damon on Chromatique, courtesy of Jean-Philippe Haas. We have published an ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION here on our site. 

Many thanks to Avant-Music News, Chromatique, Xymphonia, Jerry Lucky, Zhuanlan, Ondarock, DPRP, ProgArchives and BabyBlaue for their recent, very favorable reviews!

Be sure to check out our MUSIC VIDEO to accompany the release of the album.

This short, plaintive piece has been almost two years in the making, the brainchild of our own Jordan Glenn, with camera work by Eric Vogler.

The song, which opens the second section of Repetitions II, "Artifacts of Love and Isolation," is called "My Room Before Sleep." I adapted it for hammer dulcimer and voice from an art song I wrote 17 years ago, a true artifact from my earlier life that I've never been able to let go of for some reason. I'm really proud of how this video came out, and more than a little haunted by it.–Damon

Other NEWS:

JOTC are currently back at it after nearly a year of inactivity as a live band. We have been writing and rehearsing some new material as a pared-down quartet, and are beginning to put some of it to tape, bit by bit. So far this has been feeling really fresh, vital, and punchy. Can’t wait to get out and play some of it live...soon...

We are also in the process of mixing a live album from our show at SeaProg in 2017. It is sounding really excellent, and we are thrilled to finally have a good recording of the original quintet playing the material from our first 10 years. Look for this early next year.


photo by Carly McLane