The Sunshine Fix

Age of the Sun

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As half of the Athens-based kaleidoscopic visionary psychedelic pop outfit known as the Olivia Tremor Control, Bill Doss cut his teeth on the surreal and the melodic soundscapes that would become that band's stock in trade. With the Olivia Tremor Control disbanded, or at the very least on extended sabbatical, the Bill Doss (as he is credited on the record) has forsworn the funk and country experimentation of his Future History of a Sunshine Fix EP and delivered what could easily be considered the follow-up to Black Foliage: Animation Music by the Olivia Tremor Control. It's a wonderful '60s pop offering with harmonious Byrds-ish vocals, beachy sun-drenched rock, transcendental melodies, and those blended orchestrations that have become the hallmark of the Elephant 6 collective, but Age of the Sun never strays from the territory so well charted by the Olivia Tremor Control. From listening to both Will Cullen Hart's Circulatory System and Bill Doss' Sunshine Fix, it appears that Hart was the guiding influence behind the more experimental madness of the Olivia Tremor Control and Doss contributed a more grounded set of pop songs, but on Age of the Sun, it really seems that all sides of the Olivia Tremor Control are represented (certainly the 20-minute album ending "Le Roi-Soleil" falls into the experimental weirdness category). It may have been the give and take between Hart and Doss that gave the Olivia Tremor Control its unique sound, but with Hart out of the picture, it appears that Doss has soaked up enough of his essence to keep their partnership spiritually alive for at least one more record.

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