Mar 25 2011

The Olivia Tremor Control – Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999)

Published by at 8:13 pm under Chicago,Experimental,Indie pop,MP3's

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 aren’t familiar with Elephant 6, it’s basically a collective/label that formed in the 90s that includes bands such as The Apple in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and… too many to list here.

I’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 E6 bands getting on stage together and playing each others 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, called Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One. It’s weird and pretty awesome.

If you’re a fan of experimental/psychedelic,  indie rock, kinda like the bands I listed above, definitely check out the album. If you took Wilco’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. I’m glad I took the time to re-visit this album.

Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999):

The Olivia Tremor Control – Hideaway (mp3)

The Olivia Tremor Control – I Have Been Floated (mp3)

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Photo credit: John Kendelhardt (not from the show I went to… Jeff Magnum unfortunately wasn’t there)

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “The Olivia Tremor Control – Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999)”

  1. Colin Buffumon 04 Apr 2011 at 6:28 am

    Thanks for introducing me to this band! After seeing this article I asked a friend about OTC and he told me to listen to Dusk at Cubist Castle. What an incredible album!
    I have yet to listen to Black Foliage but I plan on doing it in the near future. The same friend who recommended Cubist Castle said this was his favorite album so I’m definitely looking forward to it!

  2. daton 10 Apr 2011 at 9:14 pm

    This sounds like an interesting vibe. Ireally like what this band from Miami is producing too. They are called the Town… check them out at

  3. Toryon 17 Jul 2016 at 12:45 am

    Back in school, I’m doing so much legnnira.

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