Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One

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Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One
Studio album by The Olivia Tremor Control
Released 1999
Recorded 1995–1998
Genre Indie rock, psychedelic pop, ambient music, noise music, musique concrete
Length 69:02
Label

Flydaddy Records
FLY027-2

Cloud Recordings
The Olivia Tremor Control chronology
Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences
(1998)
Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One
(1999)
Singles and Beyond
(2000)
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Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999) is an album released by The Olivia Tremor Control of The Elephant 6 Recording Company. It was re-released on vinyl in November of 2011 through Chunklet.

The album consists of several indie rock songs layered with dense field recordings and noise manipulation, as well as several tracks that are just noise collages, ranging in length from four seconds to over eleven minutes. There are five Black Foliage: Animation songs, which all feature the same bass line, but contain heavy sonic experimentation and go in vastly different directions. According to band member Will Cullen Hart, the Animation tracks are intended to evoke imagery of animations.[1] In the liner notes of their debut album Dusk at Cubist Castle, The Olivia Tremor Control asked their fans to send in tape recordings describing dreams they had, which are sampled in the album (most notably in Combinations 2 and Hilltop Procession (Momentum Gaining.)

According to the liner notes, the band collaborated with many fellow Elephant 6 members, including Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum, who sings backup vocals in the song I Have Been Floated.

The album was recorded and mixed entirely on 4 and 8 track tape recorders.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Olivia Tremor Control

Side one[edit]

  1. "Opening" – 0:29
  2. "A Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director" – 3:02
  3. "Combinations" – 0:04
  4. "Hideway" – 2:34
  5. "Black Foliage (Animation 1)" – 1:11
  6. "Combinations" – 0:14
  7. "The Sky Is a Harpsichord Canvas" – 0:04
  8. "A Sleepy Company" – 3:40
  9. "Grass Canons" – 3:21

Side two[edit]

  1. "A New Day" – 2:29
  2. "Combinations" – 0:15
  3. "Black Foliage (Animation 2)" – 1:23
  4. "I Have Been Floated" – 3:39
  5. "Paranormal Echoes" – 3:30
  6. "Black Foliage (Animation 3)" – 0:44
  7. "A Place We Have Been To" – 2:25

Side three[edit]

  1. "Black Foliage (Itself)" – 2:54
  2. "The Sylvan Screen" – 6:07
  3. "The Bark and Below It" – 11:24
  4. "Black Foliage (Animation 4)" – 1:36

Side four[edit]

  1. "California Demise (3)" – 2:46
  2. "Looking for Quiet Seeds" – 3:13
  3. "Combinations" – 0:11
  4. "Mystery" – 3:25
  5. "Another Set of Bees in the Museum" – 3:07
  6. "Black Foliage (Animation 5)" – 2:08
  7. "Hilltop Procession (Momentum Gaining)" – 3:21

Note: Track 21, "California Demise, Pt. 3" contains a small skip. The flaw was noticed during playback of the master recording in the studio, and the band decided to leave it in since it was a semi-ironic flaw, as it occurs on the lyric, "already".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Devenish, Colin. "Olivia Tremor Control Get Animated For New LP". MTV. Retrieved 9 December 1998. 
  2. ^ [1]