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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cloud Recordings
  • ASIN: B00008LO98
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Hardly anybody does psychedelic space-rock the way the Olivia Tremor Control do -- and their second album "Black Foliage: Animation Music" is no exception. It sounds like the soundtrack to an acid party on Mars, with their elaborate tapestry of electronica, tape tinkering, and jazzy psychedelic pop. It's one of those rare albums that cannot be compared to anything else, only to itself.

It opens with.... well, "Opener," a wavery 25-second intro that slips into the sputtering Beatles-esque "A Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director" and the sweeping sweet grandeur of "Hideaway." Other songs strike different notes: "A Sleepy Company" sounds like a brass band getting drunk, while "I Have Been Floated" is a solemn little pop song with ghostly sound effects. "Another Set Of Bees In The Museum" is a fun little song that is blurred over by fuzz.

But the Olivia Tremor Control doesn't stick strictly to their own brand of psychedelic pop. They also dabble in experimental songs, such as brief interludes all called "Combinations," which appear to be tapes being messed around with -- the results are odd computerized vocals and random blips. "Black Foliage Animation 1" is a solid little tune that descends into bubbling, computerized chaos, and then gives up to the chaos completely. And the climax is "The Bark and Below It," an eleven-and-a-half-minute epic that starts on a soft little melody that is swamped by sonic thunder, only to reemerge among clangs, bells, electronic burps, a slurred keyboard melody, a xylophone, and what sounds like a heartbeat.

Listening to all of "Black Foliage: Animation Music" is a bit like a pleasant hallucination, especially if you listen to several of their odder songs in a row.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Black Foliage" is a harpsichord canvas 28 Nov 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hardly anybody does psychedelic space-rock the way the Olivia Tremor Control do -- and their second album "Black Foliage: Animation Music" is no exception. It sounds like the soundtrack to an acid party on Mars, with their elaborate tapestry of electronica, tape tinkering, and jazzy psychedelic pop. It's one of those rare albums that cannot be compared to anything else, only to itself.

It opens with.... well, "Opener," a wavery 25-second intro that slips into the sputtering Beatles-esque "A Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director" and the sweeping sweet grandeur of "Hideaway." Other songs strike different notes: "A Sleepy Company" sounds like a brass band getting drunk, while "I Have Been Floated" is a solemn little pop song with ghostly sound effects. "Another Set Of Bees In The Museum" is a fun little song that is blurred over by fuzz.

But the Olivia Tremor Control doesn't stick strictly to their own brand of psychedelic pop. They also dabble in experimental songs, such as brief interludes all called "Combinations," which appear to be tapes being messed around with -- the results are odd computerized vocals and random blips. "Black Foliage Animation 1" is a solid little tune that descends into bubbling, computerized chaos, and then gives up to the chaos completely. And the climax is "The Bark and Below It," an eleven-and-a-half-minute epic that starts on a soft little melody that is swamped by sonic thunder, only to reemerge among clangs, bells, electronic burps, a slurred keyboard melody, a xylophone, and what sounds like a heartbeat.

Listening to all of "Black Foliage: Animation Music" is a bit like a pleasant hallucination, especially if you listen to several of their odder songs in a row. But the best way to listen to it is straight through, without skipping any songs -- each one is a part of one huge sonic tapestry. The songs can be heard individally, but they lose some of their impact if heard alone.

The music is a bit of a dreamy head trip. Frontman William Cullen Hart takes charge of vocals, guitar and electronic twiddles. And he does quite well at all of them -- the guitar work he and his bandmates do is hugely entertaining and catchy. So are the brooding drums, theramin, and hints of bass, clarinet, melodica and violin. It's hard to pick out each instrument -- they blend together into a thick smokescreen of sound.

Hart's vocals are almost Beatlesesque -- he sounds a lot like Paul McCartney in some songs. And he's backed up by Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster, as well as the Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider, who add an extra dimension to Hart's singing. And the lyrics are hard to make out, but they have the psychedelic whimsy that characterized the first album: "We took a sideways glance and fell into the bottom of the season/we saw horizons and different paths away from here."

The Olivia Tremor Control were still going strong on their second album "Black Foliage: Animation Music." Denser and darker than "Dusk at Cubist Castle," this is an enchantingly otherworldly listen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5 Oct 2006
By J. Anzalone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Really enjoyable psychadelic record that is even more enjoyable if you can appreciate the sound collage. I can't do the long piece, The Bark and Below It, but the experiments are interesting and interwoven. You really probably won't "get" them until you've heard them quite a bit, but the album itself is enjoyable, and it is rewarding when the collage becomes cohesive after you've spent time listening to and enjoying the music.

The album flows differently than Cubist Castle, but the individual songs are stronger. Grass Canons is a haunting standout track.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
black foliage : flags of symphony swan response 24 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Long awaited reissue of The Olivia Tremor Control's ambitious, highly influential second album from 1999. 74-minutes of perfect symphonic pop songs in an elaborate tapestry of tape manipulation, free jazz, and electronics. Includes detailed liner notes, and a 12-page full-color booklet featuring the beautiful artwork of singer W. Cullen Hart.
W.Cullen Hart - vocals, guitar, electronics
Bill Doss - vocals, guitar
Peter Erchick - vocals, piano, organ
John Fernandes - bass, saxophone, clarinet, violin
Eric Harris - drums, theramin
with

Julian Koster - banjo, saw, accordion
Jeff Mangum - vocals, melodica, percussion
Robert Schneider - vocals, guitar
Jeremy Barnes - percussion
Recorded 1995-1998 in Athens, Georgia.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mid-60s throw back 17 Oct 2007
By A. K. Marlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Part "SMiLE", part "Revolver", this fantastic psychedelic trip is a joy to hear any time. I even hear "Head"-era Monkees. Don't think cheesy, though. Think 1965-1967 swinging London. I see happy hippies dancing in the grass, saying "Dude, have you REALLY LISTENED to Olivia Tremor Control, man?". That's not to say you have to be a hippie or smoke up to dig this. It's simply wonderfully orchestrated and well-crafted songs. So, if you're into good music, give this a try.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best album ever recorded 11 Jun 2008
By Andrew Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Seriously, this is the best album ever recorded. I enjoy all types of music, and have a music collection numbering over 10,000 songs and 700 albums. This is hands down my favorite music, ever. I like everything from Tool to the Flaming Lips to Public Enemy to the Buena Vista Social Club to Frank Zappa. This beats it all. Just buy it.

It takes a good amount of listens before what they are telling you starts to sink in, so don't give up too early.
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