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Thursday, November 17


As a 20-something, I worked at Vinyl Solution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was nothing short of an (if not the most) amazing period of my life. It shaped me in ways that I still don't quite understand, but appreciate all the same. During my tenure there, I played The Olivia Tremor Control's Dusk At Cubist Castle on a near constant basis. Amazing how time takes it's turns - I remember being asked to STOP playing this record, by patrons, at least once.

Here's what's what on the Pitchfork review ~

"...the music on 1996's Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle and 1999's Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One-- impossibly strange, omnivorously eclectic psych-pop-- are worlds unto themselves, the finest realizations of whatever sonic utopia these guys spent much of the 90s etching into a canvas a million cassettes wide."

"Stately, sumptuous, and slightly otherworldly, Dusk is brimming with immaculate hooks and queries bound for the cosmos."

"Black Foliage's pop moments are gnarlier, more restless, their hooks arriving at odd angles; all this they weave through a tapestry of orchestral bleats and backward-running loops, five seconds of scuzz enveloping four minutes of sheer bliss."

"...it's the records themselves-- insistent, wise, daringly imperfect -- that are really the thing here. They remain the sound of a few old friends, a few more new acquaintances, and a thousand wasted sunny days spent carving out a couple mind-bendingly complex masterpieces."

(Thanks Hadji!)

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