Black Foliage: Animation Music By The Olivia Tremor Control
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Saying the OTC (the Olivias) strive to be The Beatles is something like claiming a politician is just trying to sound like Abe Lincoln. You learn from the best and incorporate the less obvious lessons into your own concepts. ("Less obvious" means that the Olivias' melodies sound like they COULD be Beatles songs, but damned if you can figure out which one. They haven't stolen from the master songwriters, they have discovered their secrets.) But more importantly, anybody who tells you the Olivias are nothing more than a Beatles knockoff is just grasping at straws. The Beatles at their most inventive would never have dared to ward off the less serious music listeners by inserting an eleven-minute track of ambient noises ("The Bark And Below It"). But were they just trying to weird us out, or perhaps describe their trips to an indifferent audience? To believe that is to miss the point completely.
Black Foliage should be experienced with a pair of headphones, eyes shut and mind open. Most importantly, don't skip the "animation" tracks, the sequences of floating sound, sometimes only a few seconds long and sometimes over a minute.Read more ›
First and foremost, this groups makes *albums*, not just a pile of songs slapped on a CD. No, Black Foliage has a definite concept to it, albeit a very obtuse, complex one. But that fact just makes it all the more intriguing.
The concept is explained in the liner notes. There are descriptions of techniques for each track. I found the descriptions alternately informative and a bit self-serving, especially on the overlong description of "The Bark and Below It." (Hey guys, you don't really have to explain every instrumental technique and tape loop. Just...let it happen. It was a long time before I knew exactly what that weird quavering sound in "Good Vibrations" was (a Theremin), but the mystery of it made it better. I sort of LIKED wondering how the heck they got that sound :)
Black Foliage has some of the most spine-tinglingly good '60s-influenced songs I have heard in a long time (aside from their previous album, Dusk at Cubist Castle), with strong melodies, layered harmonies and always offbeat arrangements and instrumentation. The variety of sounds on this album is astonishing. There are so many layers to each song that I find it endlessly fascinating, and I've listened to this album a lot.
Black Foliage immerses the listener in a surreal dream world, with ideas and images that move as fast and as abruptly as they do in dreams. The album has some main themes running through its entirety. The first is a series of "animations" of the Black Foliage song, in which the bass line from that song is twisted and mutated into some surprising variations.Read more ›
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A collection of fragmentary and ephemeral pop songs shrouded in found sounds and random, sharply panned musique concrète, "Black Foliage" is the natural apotheosis of "Dusk... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Stargrazer
Music expands your mind. It floats you in a sea of new consciousness. It opens your heart. It cleanses your mind. It shows you a new way to be. Read morePublished on May 2, 2006 by Wendell Chancellor
No one experimented with found-sounds better than the Olivia Tremor Control, and Hart and Doss and co. Read morePublished on April 17, 2005 by Sierra Wilson
I bought this album used for $6 in the middle of my Neutral Milk Hotel craze, no - obsession, thinking it might be cool. Turns out to become one of my favorite albums...period.Published on February 8, 2005 by sosaysi
Hardly anybody does psychedelic space-rock the way the Olivia Tremor Control do -- and their second album "Black Foliage: Animation Music" is no exception. Read morePublished on December 2, 2004 by EA Solinas
This is a very interesting and catchy album. My complaint is that they could've played these songs a little more straight. Read morePublished on February 13, 2004 by Justin Jahnke
This album is everything I could hope for by any band. Great melodies, great harmonies, great musicianship, and they're not afraid to be weird! Read morePublished on December 28, 2003 by Kevin Dugan
This is great! OTC have surpassed their more than promising debut " Dusk at Cubist Castle" simply because "Black Foliage" works better as an album and has more... Read morePublished on June 11, 2003 by vidar
I'm a pretty big OTC and E6 fan, but this cd doesn't do to much for me. There are several standout tracks like Hideaway, Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director", and I... Read morePublished on April 26, 2003 by Blackberries