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Dusk at Cubist Castle [Import]

Olivia Tremor Control Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cloud Recordings
  • ASIN: B00008LO99
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Opera House
2. Frosted Ambassador
3. Jumping Fences
4. Define A Transparent Dream
5. No Growing (Exegesis)
6. Holiday Surprise
7. Courtyard
8. Memories Of Jacqueline 1906
9. Tropical Bells
10. Can You Come Down With Us?
11. Marking Time
12. Green Typewriters
13. Green Typewriters [Continued) 1
14. Green Typewriters [Continued) 2
15. Green Typewriters [Continued) 3
16. Green Typewriters [Continued) 4
17. Green Typewriters [Continued) 5
18. Green Typewriters [Continued) 6
19. Green Typewriters [Continued) 7
20. Green Typewriters [Continued) 8
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pop perfection with experimental flourishes 19 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I can't help but bemoan the current state of 'pop' music, 'pop' is meant to be beautiful, life affirming, damn catchy music; so how come when ever I dare to switch on MTV I'm confronted by such ugly music. 'Pop' seems to have ceased to exist as a genre, the 2.20 minute brilliance of 'Love me do' by the Beatles has merely been replaced by watered down versions of other genres. Hip-hop lite? Check. Punk lite? Check. Indie lite? Most definitely.
As members of the Elephant 6 collective The Olivier Tremor Control share its love for classic pop music, psychedelia, and experimental sounds. And after eight years their debut 'Dusk at Cubist Castle' still sounds utterly fresh and completely unique.
There was a song writing house in NYC where the cleaners were collectively named 'Old Greys', and if the cleaners could whistle a song after hearing it once it had passed 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'. This is where the Olivier Tremor Control step in with their unabashed love for the classic pop music of 'Pet Sounds' and 'Sgt. Peppers', 'Dusk at Cubist Castle...' is an album so densley packed with melodies that one would like to imagine the Old Greys could whistle it from start to finish after just one spin. Alas the sheer sonic density of the compressed 4-track production combined with the more experimental tendencies of this album would most probably render such a feat impossible.
That's Ok though because its what makes this album one of such classic proportions; the fact that songs as wonderfully catchy and succinct as the 1.58 minute 'Jumping Fences' can sit along side the ten suite fuzzy tape manipulation of 'Green Typwriters' without sounding forced is a testament to the breadth and vision of this group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Music from the Unrealised Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle, is a strange and disorientating album that is pitched halfway between 60's influenced neo-prog-psychedelia, and the more recognisable sound of mid-90's indie. It's certainly the most adventurous album released by any of the various Elephant 6 Collective offshoots, with The Olivia Tremor Control writing and recording 'Dusk...' over a period of three years, with a rolling line up of collaborators including Eric Harris, John Fernandes, Steve Jacobek, Nick Benjamin and Julian Koster, as well Neutral Milk Hotel leader Jeff Mangum on piano, slide-guitar and backing vocals, and the Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider, who adds bass, melodica, backing vocals, as well as acting as the engineer and co-producer of the album as a whole. The nucleus of the band was Will Cullen Heart and Bill Doss, who here write, perform and produce the majority of the album, as well as adding the bizarre sketches and collages that make up the album's art work.
The album is a fantastic and endlessly fascinating combination of different styles, tempos, ideas and atmospherics, with the band taking on elements of early Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys and The Beatles to form the core backing of 60's trip-pop, alongside lingering traces of folk, krautrock, avant-garde expressionism, ambient noise, field recordings and the early hallmarks of a sound that would later become known as post-rock. As a result, every stylistic diversion seems perfectly judged, with the album creating that dreamy quality where songs distort and metamorphose into completely different songs, whilst repeated exposure eventually gives way to all manner of hidden sounds, voices, noises and motifs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storm the castle 8 Jan 2006
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Take the heart of the Beatles and wrap it in the melodies of Neutral Milk Hotel and/or the Flaming Lips... and you have Olivia Tremor Control -- one of the best swirls of neo-psychedelica in history. "Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle" is an intoxicating, sprawling mix of abstract soundscapes and Beatles-esque pop -- and it never stumbles once.
The first song opens with a slowly revving bass, haunted by a backdrop of peculiar feedback sounds... followed by a majestic, poppy "Opera House." Things take a slightly stranger turn in the eerie music-box melody of "Frosted Ambassador" and the fizzing, exotic "Tropical Bells." But still there is the upbeat, slightly warped Britpoppy "Courtyard" and slightly ominous beauty of "Holiday Surprise 1,2,3."
But after the lush piano-pop of "Marking Time," things take a rather surreal turn. A ten-song cycle called "Green Typewriters continues, mixing distortion, fuzz and sputtery percussion with synths and lilting vocals. They return to their previous sound with the brassy pop of "Spring Succeeds," but most of what remains is eerie and strange. The climax is "Dusk at Cubist Castle," a sprawling seven-and-a-half-miniute track with a dark, shimmery background and the sounds of a Tibetan prayer bowl.
It's hard to criticize any one song on "Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle," because it feels more like a musical tapestry of many different colors. Diss one song while praising another? Can't be done. Even "Green Typewriters VIII," a ten-minute sprawl of ominous sounds, seems to fit in perfectly.
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