Trickle

Trickle

by Olive
     
 
British duo Olive follow up EXTRA VIRGIN, their full-length debut, with TRICKLE, a near-perfect blend of pop and trip-hop/techno that marks their move to Madonna's Maverick label. Olive get a head start this time around with a soundtrack cut: their remake of 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," heard in

Overview

British duo Olive follow up EXTRA VIRGIN, their full-length debut, with TRICKLE, a near-perfect blend of pop and trip-hop/techno that marks their move to Madonna's Maverick label. Olive get a head start this time around with a soundtrack cut: their remake of 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," heard in the Madonna film THE NEXT BEST THING. Keyboardist/trumpeter/producer Tim Kellet (formerly of Simply Red) and vocalist Ruth-Ann Boyle dispense with the atmospherics of the '70s original and aim for the dance floor with skittering trip-hop beats, swirling keyboard runs, and Boyle's coolly soulful vocals. The pair aren't out to break new ground on TRICKLE, but their crisp pop -- which takes musical cues from both '80s new wave (Duran Duran comes to mind) and the end-of-millennium dance-floor trends propelled by Portishead and Mono, while lyrically exploring love and relationships -- still sounds fresh. It's a combination that on songs such as the slippery and moody "Indulge Me" and the airy meditation "Love Affair" casts Olive as a smoother-edged Everything but the Girl. Marie Elsie St. Léger

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Where most trip-hop artists downplay melody as a matter of principle, Olive (keyboardist/trumpeter/producer Tim Kellett and vocalist Ruth-Ann) embraces it almost defiantly, maintaining the rhythmic interest of electronica and the generally dark undercurrents of trip-hop while simultaneously delivering tunes that are swooningly lovely without ever sounding quite commercial. The lead track on the band's Maverick debut is perhaps its best: "Love Affair" glides on an updraft of sampled strings and a subtly jungle-flavored breakbeat, while the sung melody (especially in the chorus, where the chord progression takes an unusual and delightful turn) climbs from peak to emotional peak. The rest of the program is almost as good, from the slow and funky "Trickle" and a tweaked and bleepy version of the 10cc classic "I'm Not in Love" to a slightly Latin-tinged kiss-off song titled "Creature of Comfort." (Several minutes after the end of the album's last track is a hidden song called "Take My Hand.")
Vibe - Aidin Vaziri
Some of the material is shamelessly lightweight, but for a band that’s been on the brink and back, this is a remarkable turn.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624770923
catalogNumber:
47709
Rank:
222457

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Olive   Primary Artist
Robin Guthrie   Guitar
Tim Kellett   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Ian Kirkham   EWI
Vini Reilly   Guitar
Roger Lyons   Keyboards
Ruth-Ann   Vocals
Tony Foster   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vinnie Lammi   Drums
Nyman Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Tim Kellett   Producer
Steve Sidwell   Arranger
Peter-John Vettese   Producer
Kim Biggs   Art Direction
David Harlan   Art Direction
Roger Lyons   Programming,Producer
Cariad Morris   Management
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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