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Olive
Trickle
(Maverick Records)


Blending trip hop sensibilities with trance beats and atmospheric lushness, Olive returns with their second album, "Trickle." Losing a member of the three piece has not seemed to slow their pace, but in fact, lent them a wiser, more mellow vibe. Tim Kellet (formerly of Simply Red) continues as the force behind the programming and instrumentation, accompanied by the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Ruth-Ann Boyle. "Trickle" picks up where "Pure Virgin," their 1996 release, left off. While the melody plays the major role, each song is woven together with tight rhythm and beautiful harmonies. Boyle's voice plays the part of main instrument, as well as that of vocalist, blending to create vast landscapes of sonic pleasure.

From the opening slide bit, "Love Affair" is replete with beautiful programming and even more beautiful vocals. It makes my booty want to move. "Trickle" is a little more down beat, and somber. A song about lost love and fear of leaving. The first single from the record is "I'm Not In Love," a nice upbeat trance track with wonderful movement in the keyboard arrangements, including a light harpsichord line. "Smile" blends experimental sounds with saddened vocals in a lush, downbeat song. Like many of the songs included on the record, "Smile" deals with feelings of loneliness and unrequited love. "All You Ever Needed" is a highly effected track with the grooviest bass line of the century, and some wonderful vocal layering. This is probably my favorite track on the album (though it would be hard to pick a favorite). "My latest mood, a darker shade of blue, still I draw closer to you. My pretty little dress, begins to look a mess, infatuation come through." The songs "Indulge Me" and "Speak to Me" seem to go hand in hand, asking for honesty and explanation for many of the things gone wrong in a relationship. Songs like "Liberty" need no explanation; they merely set a precedent for how well executed and emotionally charged electronic music can be. Kellett breaks out the flugelhorn for the song "Push", weaving it around the electronics effortlessly. The record winds up with more groove oriented, somewhat downbeat tracks, easy to listen to and with a little bit of hope for the individual heart.

Trickle deals with many topics that are not necessarily unique in rock music, but very much unexplored in the realms of techno. The depth of songwriting (yes, SONGWRITING. Not just programming.) on this record is proof positive that Olive have proven once again that they will be a contender in the race for not only sonic excellence, but also content, in the trance/trip hop genre. A must for techno kids, ambient lovers, and those who just appreciate great songs presented in a delicate, beautiful way.

David DeVoe

Track Listing:
1. Love Affair
2. Trickle
3. I'm Not In Love
4. Smile
5. All You Ever Needed
6. Indulge Me
7. Speak To Me
8. Liberty
9. Push
10. Trust You
11. Creature of Comfort
12. Beyond the Fray

 

 

 


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