Black Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1

Black Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1

by 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…  See more details below

Overview

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 concrète-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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
Cloud Recordings
UPC:
0656605650425
catalogNumber:
4

Tracks

  1. Opening
  2. A Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director"
  3. Combinations
  4. Hideaway
  5. Black Foliage (Animation 1)
  6. Combinations
  7. The Sky Is a Harpsichord Canvas
  8. A Sleepy Company
  9. Grass Canons
  10. A New Day
  11. Combinations
  12. Black Foliage (Animation 2)
  13. I Have Been Floated
  14. Paranormal Echoes
  15. Black Foliage (Animation 3)
  16. A Place We Have Been To
  17. Black Foliage (Itself)
  18. The Sylvan Screen
  19. The Bark and Below It
  20. Black Foliage (Animation 4)
  21. California Demise 3
  22. Looking for Quiet Seeds
  23. Combinations
  24. Mystery
  25. Another Set of Bees in the Museum
  26. Black Foliage (Animation 5)
  27. Hilltop Procession (Momentum Gaining)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Olivia Tremor Control   Primary Artist
Kevin Barnes   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Mangum   Percussion,Vocals,Melodica
Robert Schneider   Guitar,Vocals,Overdubs
Julian Koster   Organ,Banjo,Accordion,Vocals,Saw
Eric Harris   Group Member
Bill Doss   Group Member
Laura Carter   Percussion,Vocals
Andrew Rieger   Vocals
Bryan Helium   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Josh McKay   Vibes
Scott Spillane   Trumpet,Euphonium,Bugle
Pete Erchick   Group Member
Jeremy Barnes   Percussion
John Dazzo   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Margie P. Wright   Tape
Eric Ledford   Cello
William Hart   Group Member
Robbie Cucchiaro   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alan Douches   Mastering
Olivia Tremor Control   Contributor
Jeff Mangum   Sound Effects
Will Cullen Hart   Paintings

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