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Black Foliage

Olivia Tremor Control

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Andrew Rieger(Vocals),  Bryan Helium(Guitar (Acoustic)),  Bryan Helium(Vocals),  Jeff Mangum(Percussion),  Jeff Mangum(Vocals),  Jeremy Barnes(Percussion),  John Dazzo(Guitar (Acoustic)),  John Dazzo(Vocals),  Julian Koster(Organ),  Julian Koster(Vocals),  Kevin Barnes(Guitar (Acoustic)),  Kevin Barnes(Vocals),  Laura Carter(Percussion),  Laura Carter(Vocals),  Robbie Cucchiaro(Vocals),  Robert Schneider(Guitar),  Robert Schneider(Vocals),  Scott Spillane(Trumpet),  Eric Ledford(Cello),  Jeff Mangum(Melodica),  Jeff Mangum(Sound Effects),  Josh McKay(Vibraphone),  Julian Koster(Accordion),  Julian Koster(Banjo),  Julian Koster(Saw),  Margie P. Wright(Tape),  Scott Spillane(Euphonium),  Scott Spillane(Bugle),  Alan Douches(Mastering),  Bill Doss(Group Member),  Eric Harris(Group Member),  Pete Erchick(Group Member),  Robert Schneider(Mixing),  William Hart(Group Member),  Bill Doss(Layout Design),  Chris Bilheimer(Layout Design),  Robert Schneider(Overdubs),  Will Cullen Hart(Layout Design),  Will Cullen Hart(Paintings),  Olivia Tremor Control

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If the preceding Dusk at Cubist Castle was the Olivia Tremor Control's very own White Album, then the labyrinthine Black Foliage is their SMiLE -- it's an imploding masterpiece, a work teetering on the cliff's edge between genius and madness. Torn at the seams between pop transcendence and noise radicalism, the group attempts to have it both ways, meaning teenage symphonies to God like A New Day rest uneasily alongside musique concrete-styled tape pastiches such as Combinations (which, along with the similarly styled, multi-part title track, is one of the many sonic motifs snaking its way throughout the record). There are at least enough ideas for five albums here, which is both Black Foliage's strength and its weakness -- it's impossible not to get lost inside of the OTC's swirling schizophrenia, and too often snatches of brilliance flash by too quickly to savor the moment. Moreover, with songs like California Demise 3 continuing the oblique narrative running through previous OTC records, the artistic statement the record is making (and there undoubtedly is one) is impenetrable at best. Still, with each of the band's successive releases seeming like just part of a much bigger picture only now beginning to come into focus, maybe that's the point. Ultimately, Black Foliage just might be an end-of-the-millennium appeal that speaks directly and solely to the unconscious. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Track List   

  • 01. Opening (00:25)
  • 02. Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director" (03:02)
  • 03. Combinations (00:04)
  • 04. Hideway (02:34)
  • 05. Black Foliage: Amination 1 (01:11)
  • 06. Combinations (00:14)
  • 07. Sky Is a Harpsichord Canvas (00:04)
  • 08. Sleepy Company (03:40)
  • 09. Grass Canons (03:21)
  • 10. New Day (02:29)
  • 11. Combinations (00:15)
  • 12. Black Foliage (Animation 2) (01:23)
  • 13. I Have Been Floated (03:39)
  • 14. Paranormal Echoes (03:30)
  • 15. Black Foliage (Animation 3) (00:44)
  • 16. Place We Have Been To (02:25)
  • 17. Black Foliage (Itself) (02:54)
  • 18. Sylvan Screen (06:07)
  • 19. Bark and Below It
  • 20. Black Foliage (Animation 4) (01:36)
  • 21. California Demise, Pt. 3 (02:46)
  • 22. Looking for Quiet Seeds (03:13)
  • 23. Combinations (00:11)
  • 24. Mystery (03:25)
  • 25. Another Set of Bees in the Museum (03:07)
  • 26. Black Foliage (Animation 5) (02:08)
  • 27. Hilltop Procession (Momentum Gaining) (03:21)

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Olivia Tremor Control

As much a concept as a band, the Olivia Tremor Control was one of the most visible and innovative members of the Elephant 6 collective, a coterie of like-minded, lo-fi indie groups -- including the Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Secret Square -- who shared musicians, ideas, and sensibilities. The Olivia Tremor Control was led by singers/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Will Cullen Har

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