Olivia Tremor Control (The) - Black Foliage (Animation Music, Vol. 1) (Music CD)

Release Date: 14 November 2011
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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 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. ~ Jason Ankeny
Release Date: 14 November 2011

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)
28. The Sky is a Harpsichord Canvas (Full Version)
29. Beaker and Avalanche, Part 1
30. Beaker and Avalanche, Part 2
31. Combinations
32. Can You Come Down With Us? (Live On Glr)
33. Sleepy Company (Live On Glr)
34. Outside Explorations, Pt. 3
35. European Son
36. Glass Beard
37. California Demise (Live On Npr)
38. Grass Cannons (Live On Npr)
39. Can You Come Down With Us? (Live On Npr)
40. Hideaway (Live On Npr)
41. A Peculiar Noise Called ‘Train Director’ (Live On Npr)
42. Grain and Sauces/Ice and Rings/Aqua Waters (and a Pear Shaped Thought)
43. The Present Time/Seven Thousand Luminous Aches and Pains/the Dinner Plate

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Catalogue No: CLD016CD