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Black Foliage: Animation Music (Remastered & Expanded) by The Olivia Tremor Control
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7/10 Penrith Steve 19th July 2015

Whilst not sounding alike, Olivia Tremor Control are similar to Guided By Voices in that they release sprawling albums with some pretty impenetrable stuff on them at times but in amongst all that there are some of the best indie-pop songs ever written. However, Olivia Tremor Control have only released two albums to date whereas GBV knocked them out at a rate of around 2 a year.

Olivia Tremor Control have made two psychedelic indie-pop opuses. Their fantastic debut “Dusk At The Cubist Castle” and this, “Black Foliage” The best parts of this sound like The Beatles have teamed up with The Zombies. The album takes two or three tracks before it gets going but when “Hideaway” emerges form the weirdness you realise it’s all been worth it. It’s beautifully melodic pop song that mixes Zombies tunesmithery with Beach Boys harmonies. A psychedelic element is added by trumpets that sound like they’re melting as they’re being played. “A Sleepy Company” could be a good song but is bit spoiled by it sounding like there’s another song going on at the same time. It’s the same way Mark Linkous would ruin otherwise genius songs such as “Happy Man” from “Good Morning Spider”. “Grass Canons” is odd and could soundtrack parts of “Alice In Wonderland”. “A New Day” is another diamond in the rough and “I Have Been Floated” sounds like The Beatles at their most experimental (With the exception of “Revolution #9”).

This is a big album with a lot of tracks. Most of which are sounds and studio experimentation lasting between four seconds and a minute-and-a-half. It’s not as good as its predecessor but it’s still pretty much unlike anything else.


9/10 CheetahDeals Blog

This is such a ridiculously awesome album. Picked it up after reading the Pfork review. Couldnt be more happy.


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