News

Heard From The Next Room, a new collection of piano improvisations, will be released on 11/18. It will be available on cassette tape and digitally via Lily Tapes and Discs. Watch a video for 'Excerpt 1' below:

MCO produced the latest episode of 'Been All Around This World' for 

the Association for Cultural Equity and the Alan Lomax Archive.

Listen here:

Been All Around This World

About

Michael Cormier-O'Leary is a Maine-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, composer, and improviser. Under his name, he has released 3 songwriter albums ('Days Like Pearls', 'M-F', 'More Light!!') and 3 collections of instrumental music ('Heard From The Next Room' 'Brief Hold EP' and 'Less Light'). He is also credited with scoring music for Season 3 of APM's 'Spectacular Failures' podcast.

He is the primary composer and bandleader of the shapeshifting instrumental collective Hour, with twin 2018 releases ('Tiny Houses' and 'Anemone Red') receiving accolades from Stereogum, Pitchfork, and NPR, among others. Comedian Joe Pera cited 'Tiny Houses' as being a record he had on heavy rotation during the writing of season 3 of his Adult Swim show 'Joe Pera Talks With You'

Cormier-O'Leary is a founding member of the alt-country band Friendship, with critically-lauded releases ('Dreamin' and 'Shock Out of Season') on Owen Ashworth's Orindal Records and a brand new record (Love The Stranger) out now on Merge Records. The band continues to tour the country extensively.

In 2019, Cormier-O'Leary founded Dear Life Records, a label that has since released music by Kath Bloom, MJ Lenderman, Natalie Jane Hill, Wendy Eisenberg, Karl Blau, and countless others. It's become a forward-thinking label that seeks to highlight the intersection of folk music traditions with improvised and experimental song forms.

All works are registered with BMI and represented by Merge Publishing.

Recorded Works

MCO

(songwriting, arrangement, production, vox, guitar, drums, percussion, rhodes, piano, bass)

Heard From The Next Room (2022)

Less Light: More Light!! Instrumental Demos (2021)

More Light!! (2021)

Brief Hold: Instrumentals Vol. 1 (2020)

M-F (2019)

Days Like Pearls (2019)

Make Believe It's Nothing (2017)

Hour 

(compositions, guitar, arrangement, production)

DLR BTL 001: Live @ Boot and Saddle 12/07/2019 (2020)

Anemone Red (2018)

Tiny Houses (2018)

Friendship

(drums, drum programming, vibraphone, synths, organ, piano, production, arrangement, guitar compositions) 

Love the Stranger (2022)

Dreamin' (2019)

Shock Out Of Season (2017)

F/V Hope (2017)

You're Going To Have To Trust Me (2015)

Dan Wriggins 

(drums, Hammond M3 organ, piano, production, arrangement)

Mr. Chill (2021)

Wendy Eisenberg

(drums + percussion, co-production)

Bent Ring (2021)

Lindsay Reamer

(drums + percussion)

Touch Tank (2022)

Frank Meadows

(drums + percussion)

Dead Weight (2022)

Joan Kelsey

(drums + percussion)

Standing Out in the Grass (2022)

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Contact

mgmt: shannon@adultdecisionsmgmt.com

booking inquiries (Hour): itshrofficial@gmail.com

booking inquiries (MC)michael.cormier.oleary@gmail.com

press inquiriesfmeadows@dearliferecs.com

licensing/sync: syncteam@terrorbird.com

publishing: publishing@mergerecords.com

Links

MC

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Hour

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Dear Life Records 

Website

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