Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One

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Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One
Olivia Tremor Control - Black Foliage.jpg
Studio album by The Olivia Tremor Control
Released March 23, 1999
Recorded 1995–1998
Genre Indie rock, psychedelic pop, ambient music, noise music, musique concrète, avant-garde
Length 69:02
Label Flydaddy, Cloud
The Olivia Tremor Control chronology
Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences
(1998)Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences1998
Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One
(1999)
Singles and Beyond
(2000)Singles and Beyond2000
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Melody Maker 4/5 stars[6]
NME 6/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 9.4/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10[10]
The Village Voice B−[11]

Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One is the second studio album by American indie rock band The Olivia Tremor Control, released in 1999 through Flydaddy Records. It was re-released on vinyl in November 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.[12] In the liner notes of their debut album Music from the Unrealized Film Script: 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)".

Black Foliage was recorded and mixed entirely on 4 and 8 track tape recorders. According to the liner notes, the band collaborated with many fellow members of The Elephant 6 Recording Company collective, including Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum, who sings backup vocals in the song "I Have Been Floated".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Olivia Tremor Control.

Side one
  1. "Opening" – 0:25
  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
  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
  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
  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".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Black Foliage: Animation Music by The Olivia Tremor Control". Metacritic. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Black Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1 – The Olivia Tremor Control". AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ LeMay, Matt (November 15, 2011). "The Olivia Tremor Control: Music From The Unrealized Film Script / Dusk At Cubist Castle Black Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hermes, Will (March 26, 1999). "Black Foliage: Animation Music by The Olivia Tremor Control". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ Cox, Tom (May 7, 1999). "The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage (V2)". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One". Melody Maker: 36. April 3, 1999. 
  7. ^ Long, April (April 8, 1999). "The Olivia Tremor Control – Black Foliage". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ Richardson, Mark (July 12, 1999). "The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (March 18, 1999). "Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music by the Olivia Tremor Control". Rolling Stone (808). Archived from the original on September 7, 2001. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ Weingarten, Marc (April 1999). "The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music by the Olivia Tremor Control". Spin. 15 (4): 164–66. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 30, 1999). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Devenish, Colin (December 9, 1998). "Olivia Tremor Control Get Animated For New LP". MTV. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
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