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Spot of the Foul (total mass retain)

by Tim Olive

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Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly:
In the five pieces here, Olive shows that he's quite good at using the most abstract sounds, scratching real surfaces as it were, and finding a dialogue, abstract as it may is, between these sounds. In these pieces, Olive has some excellent variation, the whole dynamic of loud versus quiet, dense versus sparse and acoustic versus electric. Listening to this, I have no idea why Olive doesn't do more of this solo work. Whatever the case, this is a great job.

Nick Ostrum:
Spot of the Foul is dark and dense, but as the listener gets lost in the thick morass of drone and pulsing mechanics that characterize the album, they might begin to notice the delicacy and intricacy of it all. This is not just a wall of sound, albeit one filtered through Olive’s unique array of tools and sensibilities. It is a textured and undulating interweaving of the subtle and the amplified. His characteristic creaks, radar beeps, and engine thrumps are there. However, they are complemented with a heavy underlying bass, mechanical growls, grinding feedback and a density of gloomy and harsh atmospherics uncharacteristic of Olive’s other work. This creates a dense but variegated fabric of entangled, metallic threads. Together, they clash, rattle, and resonate in some very intriguing ways.


released May 16, 2021

Recorded in Kobe in the winter of 2020, this is the second-ever solo release from Tim Olive, his first since 2008. Olive’s work is based on direct, real-time collaboration, generally using relatively minimal editing and mixing, but circumstances encouraged a different approach; this release features somewhat more elaborate editing and mixing techniques, mainly the multiple layering of varyingly similar and dissimilar solo tracks, in a manner akin to the superimposition of multiple photo slides.

magnetic pickups, metal plates, springs, wire, tuning forks, electromagnets, bow, breath, dental floss, envelope generator, fuzz, spring reverb, preamplifier

Recorded and mixed by Tim Olive in Kobe, Winter 2020
Mastered by Alan Jones, cover by Marc Bell
Catalog Number: 845-19

Format: Glass-mastered CD/DL
Hand-stamped recycled chipboard cover
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