Last week, I saw members of the Elephant 6 collective play a show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago as part of their Surprise Holiday tour. For those who arenâ€™t familiar with Elephant 6, itâ€™s basically a collective/label that formed in the 90s that includes bands such as The Apple in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, andâ€¦ too many to list here.
Iâ€™m a big fan of most of the bands who are part of E6, so seeing some of them live was kind of a dream come true. The Surprise Holiday tour basically consists of a lot of members from different E6Â bandsÂ getting on stage together and playingÂ each othersÂ songs.
This feature is about one of the founding bands of E6, in particular: The Olivia Tremor Control. Before seeing them at the show it had been years since I had properly listened to their music. After the show, I immediately went back home and put on their 27 track album released in 1999, calledÂ Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One. It’s weird and pretty awesome.
If youâ€™re a fan of experimental/psychedelic, Â indie rock, kinda like the bands I listed above, definitely check out the album. If you took Wilcoâ€™s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and upped the experimental level by about 160%, you would have something close to the lines of The Olivia Tremor Control. Iâ€™m glad I took the time to re-visit this album.
Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999):
Photo credit: John Kendelhardt (not from the show I went to… Jeff Magnum unfortunately wasn’t there)