The Olivia Tremor Control

Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle

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Not the Beatles, but an incredible facsimile: on their sprawling 27-song debut opus, Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle, the Olivia Tremor Control manage to summon not only the sound of the White Album-era Fab Four, but also the unfettered creativity. The soundtrack to an unmade film about a pair of women named Olivia and Jacqueline and a massive earthquake dubbed the California Demise, the album incorporates a slew of influences and textures (including Beach Boys-flavored pop, psychedelia, Krautrock, noise, and folk-rock) and synthesizes them into a distinct homebrew of shimmering harmonies, guitar drones, backward tape loops, and inventive effects. As an added bonus, the first few thousand copies came with a bonus CD of ambient "dream sequences" -- titled Explanation II -- which, when played simultaneously with the first disc, realizes true quadraphonic sound. Amazing.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:12
2
1:02
3 1:52
4
2:49
5
3:00
6
6:11
7
2:57
8
2:15
9
1:40
10
2:18
11
4:28
12
2:22
13
0:24
14
0:59
15
2:11
16
1:10
17
0:38
18
1:38
19
9:39
20
1:21
21
2:39
22
2:25
23
0:57
24
1:50
25
7:35
26
1:45
27
4:39
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