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Temporary Circumstances

Octave Records Master Series

Built in Boulder

Temporary Circumstances is Octave Record’s debut album of one of America’s best up-and-coming songwriters, Jessica Carson. This heartfelt compilation of emotionally packed songs is beautifully performed by Jessica and her band, Clandestine Amigo. It is one extraordinary recording—so good as to prompt PS Audio’s Paul McGowan to proclaim track 7, Flying Blind, as “by far the single most realistic in-the-room recording I have ever heard in my entire life.”  Each of the 10 tracks is a sonic masterpiece recorded exclusively on the Sonoma DSD Multitrack recording system and hand-mastered by Gus Skinas. This single-pressing edition release includes a hybrid SACD with pure DSD as well as a DSDDirect Mastered CD layer, playable in any CD transport, and a limited edition 2-disc 45 rpm audiophile-grade vinyl pressing. With only 1,300 SACDs and 500 virgin vinyl copies to be released, this is a true collector’s item you do not want to be without. Get one in your hands before they’re gone. Ships worldwide.


SACD and download available. Virgin vinyl 45 rpm pressings hopefully in November.

Temporary Circumstances

Product Description

Get ready for Temporary Circumstances. From the first note to the last, you’ll not be able to stop listening. Gorgeous melodies, rich harmonies, full-bodied instrumentation, and detailed recordings without compression or affectation. It’s as if you are in the room with the artists.

A truly remarkable work of the recording arts from PS Audio’s Octave® Records. Captured on some of the best microphones and electronics in the world and recorded in pure DSD on the Sonoma Multi-track recorder, this is a must-have disc.

We’ve produced a single pressing limited edition of 1,300 Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACDs with both the original master DSD as well as a special high-definition CD layer, playable on any CD, SACD, or DVD player, as well as a (soon to release) single pressing 2-disc 45 rpm 500 piece virgin vinyl run. When these physical media are sold out there will not be another pressing of either.

Do not miss out on this limited edition release of Octave Records’ second launch of its Master Series, available too as a download.

“Great music! Fresh, new. From hauntingly beautiful to fun. A musical journey worth taking.

Temporary circumstances
On your own
Long gone
Flying blind
Thinking about you
The reasons why
Long gone alternative track

This is one recording you don’t want to miss out on. Each track is a sonic treasure that you’ll not only enjoy musically but more than a few are real jaw-droppers on your system.

Clandestine Amigo frontwoman Jessica Carson has a passion for music and business and has been singing, playing piano, and writing songs her whole life. Born and raised in Texas, she studied music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, graduating with a degree in commercial music in 2006. She moved to Longmont, Colorado, in 2009 to pursue her musical and entrepreneurial interests and has been a leader in the thriving art and music scene in Longmont ever since. She is the founder of the Winter Walkabout Music Showcase, Artistic Director of the Soundpost Sessions, member of the Longmont Creative District Advisory Board, and the Director of Operations and A and R at Octave Records.

Her band, Clandestine Amigo, was formed in 2016 and includes members Michael Wooten, a Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductee (drums and wisdom), Giselle Collazo (vocalist, mentor, soul sister) and Octave Records executive producer, Chris Brunhaver (bass, tacos, and random useful information) and senior loudspeaker development engineer at PS Audio, and Kyle Donovan (guitar, vocals, comedic impressions), an audio engineer and singer/songwriter in his own right.

Recorded on the 32-track Sonoma workstation in pure one-bit Direct Stream Digital® (DSD) technology.

Recorded at Animal Lane Studios, Lyons, Colorado, Gus Skinas engineer, and Octave Record’s Studios in Boulder, Colorado, Gus Skinas engineer. Edited and Mastered by Gus Skinas, Octave Records.

A/D conversion through EMM Labs – Metiner ADC8 MkIV, direct to the Sonoma Multitrack WorkStation and mixed on a Studer C963 console. All equipment powered by PS Audio Power Plants.

Microphones and preamplifiers: DPA 4006, Sony C100 in omni-mode,
Tim De Paravicini modified AKG C24, Forssell and Grace microphone preamplifiers.
Microphone Preamplifiers: Forsell Technologies SMP-2; Grace M108.

Mix Console: Studer C963 console

Interconnecting Cables: Brown Electronics Labs BEL “The Wire” Type P1; Mogami Neglex; AudioQuest Dragon.

Digital Recording System: Sonoma DAW with Meitner ADC/DAC Mk IV, PS Audio P20 Power Plants

Monitor Speakers: ATC SCM 50 and Infinity IRSV

Amplification: BHK 300 monoblock power amplifiers

  • One pressing Austrian gold pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • One pressing two-disc virgin vinyl 45 rpm master discs
  • Pure DSD mastered by Gus Skinas on the Sonoma mastering system
  • DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM download
  • No compression in the mastering process
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks hand curated on the Infinity IRSV in PS Audio’s Music Room Two
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media

Honoring the Music and Those Who Make It

Our mission at Octave Records™ is simple – respect musicians by paying them fairly, and respect their music by bringing it to life in the highest-quality possible.

Too often, musicians have to absorb the costs of production, leaving them little or any earnings – or even putting them in debt. And the quality of their recordings end up in last place. We at PS Audio and Octave Records are dedicated to correcting these inequities.

To support musicians, Octave™ covers 100% of all studio, mixing, mastering, production, distribution, and marketing expenses so that artists may directly share in retail sales revenues – while retaining ownership of their music.

Octave Records is dedicated to offering the highest-quality recordings in high-resolution formats including pure DSD on SACD , as well as 192kHz PCM. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Octave utilizes the world’s finest studio equipment, based around the acclaimed Sonoma™ DSD recording, mixing, and mastering system. Gus Skinas, our world-renowned mastering engineer, has hundreds of album credits and helped design the Sonoma system.

I am tingling!


Just downloaded new release on DSD and now listening to the second track (Enough) and the low frequency notes are loading my room and tingling my whole body!!! Extraordinary recording!! Can hardly wait to hear the rest of the recording!!

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I enjoyed the CD


I enjoyed the CD! As good as the recording is on the album I’d love to hear it recorded live in a small club with an audience tho I know that’s not possible currently. Great job all around!

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Great song writer


...not only is the music tight, Jessica is a great song writer.

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Blowing me away


It’s hard to pick a favorite since every track is blowing me away with such reality!! I have not heard my system sounding with this level of reality since I am breaking in my new P20 with Beeswax fuse and a fully loaded Farad Super 3 power supply to the Matrix!!

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Well done!

Murray B

Simply superb. Jessica’s voice is outstanding. Musically, a highly enjoyable album from beginning to end. The quality of the recording is stellar. About as close to having the musicians in the same room as you are going to get. Well done!

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On first listen, the thing that struck me the most, is that the whole presentation comes out of a very black background. the miking, mixing, and production is incredible. Loved the tracks that had cello on them, and Chris plays a mean bass, very understated and rhythmic. Hope to be able to play this for some audiophile friends…someday.

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Reminds me of Carol King


Got to listen to it this afternoon and I think it”s wonderful. You can tell that everyone involved with this project had their heart in it. I don’t want to dissect it like some people seem to want to do; I just like the work as a whole. Jessica kind of reminds me a little of Carole King. For me, that’s a good thing.

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Felt like I was in a cafe

Bill T

I felt like I was in a small quiet café catching up with some old friends. No loud talking, no shrill voices, just the comfort of life. Well done.

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