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Black Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Cloud Recordings
  • UPC: 656605650425
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening (0:25)
  2. 2 A Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director" (3:02)
  3. 3 Combinations (0:04)
  4. 4 Hideaway (2:34)
  5. 5 Black Foliage (Animation 1) (1:11)
  6. 6 Combinations (0:14)
  7. 7 The Sky Is a Harpsichord Canvas (0:04)
  8. 8 A Sleepy Company (3:40)
  9. 9 Grass Canons (3:21)
  10. 10 A New Day (2:29)
  11. 11 Combinations (0:15)
  12. 12 Black Foliage (Animation 2) (1:23)
  13. 13 I Have Been Floated (3:39)
  14. 14 Paranormal Echoes (3:30)
  15. 15 Black Foliage (Animation 3) (0:44)
  16. 16 A Place We Have Been To (2:25)
  17. 17 Black Foliage (Itself) (2:54)
  18. 18 The Sylvan Screen (6:07)
  19. 19 The Bark and Below It (11:24)
  20. 20 Black Foliage (Animation 4) (1:36)
  21. 21 California Demise 3 (2:46)
  22. 22 Looking for Quiet Seeds (3:13)
  23. 23 Combinations (0:11)
  24. 24 Mystery (3:25)
  25. 25 Another Set of Bees in the Museum (3:07)
  26. 26 Black Foliage (Animation 5) (2:08)
  27. 27 Hilltop Procession (Momentum Gaining) (3:21)
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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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