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The Olivia Tremor Control | Black Foliage. Animation Music. Volume One (Flydaddy)
Hooray! A new release from Athens own Elephant Six Collective stars The Olivia Tremor Control. No disappointments here; just a fabulous follow up to the highly acclaimed Dusk at Cubist Castle. My only gripe is that they haven't included my favourite Not Feeling Human. But most is forgiven with the inclusion of the Black Foliages, and other exhilarating moments through the different Combinations (from the Dream Appeal tapes) scattered throughout. The aptly titled The Sky Is A Harpsichord Canvas is just one example of how weird and wonderful this record is. The coolest thing is how they entwine the reality of pop and the anti-Disney excursions into their own make believe animated world. Listen to Place We Have Been To (last track on side two â?? even if you've got a CD!) or The Sylvan Screen (side three) and marvel at the insanity of this whole pop world we are living in. As with The Olivia's former release (and even the live shows) Black Foliage is more than an album of songs. It's an amazing journey to and through a land only available within our own imaginations. It's a nice trip.
Tracy Lee Jackson
CWAS #4 - Winter 1998/9 - The Lost Issue