The Olivia Tremor Control ‎– Music From The Unrealized Film Script "Dusk At Cubist Castle"

The Blue Rose Record Company ‎– BRRC10082
CD, Album


  • Artwork By [All Artwork And Design] – Bill Doss, W. Cullen Hart
  • Chanter [Chanter Pipe], Guitar [Slide], Vocals, Melodica, Piano, Performer [Space Bubbles]Jeff Mangum
  • Engineer, Producer, Performer [Tibeten Prayer Bowl], Bass, Vocals, MelodicaRobert Schneider
  • Guitar [Bowed Electric], Acoustic Guitar [Mallet Struck], Saw [The Singing Saw]Julian Koster
  • TromboneRick Benjamin
  • TrumpetSteve Jacobek


This album was recorded on 4-track between 1993-96. It was then embellished on 8-track with the engineering and co-production of Robert Schneider.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 91288-1008-2 6
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L153
  • Matrix / Runout: C2999 BRRC 10082



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March 11, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
The Olivia Tremor Control's debut album is one of the key records to define the Elephant 6's sound, with sunny, psychy melodies and meticously crafted soundscapes, even with lo-fi recordings. But, nevertheless, the band's work defintely transcended the collective. Dusk At Cubist Castle's lenghty running time and the unusual, and even ambitious, structure provokes, simultaneously, serious worship and some incisive criticism for its alleged pretensiousness. But that's plainly dumb. This album is not a simple 60's psych pop ripoff nor pseudo-intelectual as some annoying people claim to be. Filled with many great melodies and powerful hooks, mainly on the first side, and equally delicious sonic experimentations like the nine minutes ambient piece "Green Typewriters VIII" or the trippy and short instrumental excerpt "Theme for a Very Delicious Grand Piano", Dusk At Cubist Castle is a truly fun and intriguing listening. Despite its colorful and crazy tone, there's practically nothing out of place and it's a incredibly cohese record, even with all the tiny pieces in which it's divided. Even with the lightweighted and carefree sunshine melodies, there is a pretty big charge of emotion here, completing the laudably beautiful experience that Dusk At Cubist Castle is.