Saturday, 4 August 2012
R.I.P. Bill Doss - Olivia Tremor Control playlist
Devastating news came last Tuesday when it was revealed that Bill Doss, one of the founders of the seminal 90s psych-rock band Olivia Tremor Control, had passed away at age 43. Bill was a key figure in the Athens, Georgia music scene and one of the founders of the Elephant 6 Recording Company, a group of independant music artists who saw the inception of not only the Olivia Tremor Control but also Neutral Milk Hotel, The Apples In Stereo and Of Montreal.
The Olivia Tremor Control was started up by Bill Doss and Will Cullen Hart in Louisiana in 1988. They released two studio albums: Music From The Unrealized Film Script: Dusk At Cubist Castle (1996) and Black Foliage: Animation Music (1999). Both albums are regarded as classics by many: heavily indebted to 60s psychadelic rock in sound and recording style, yet in a uniquely inventive style that ensured their legacy as one of the most creative bands of the 1990s.
The band had succesfully reunited by 2011 and were busy touring and reportedly working on material. This burst of new energy has made the news of Bill's passing all the more sudden and unexpected. Being a fan of Bill's work through the Olivia Tremor Control I thought the best way to honour his legacy would be to make a short playlist of songs from the two OTC albums. You can consider it an introduction to the band if you're unfamiliar with their material. I would defenitely recommend delving further into one or both albums if you like what you hear here:
Rest in peace Bill.