My musical taste spans half a century, but like many people I have a particular soft spot for musicians of my own age and the albums they made during our 20s. I really love 90s neo-psych. It was disconcerting when these musicians started putting out divorce albums (of Montreal’s brilliant 2007 Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?) and organising reunion tours (The Olivia Tremor Control in 2005). And now they’ve started dying.
Bill Doss of The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples In Stereo died on 30 July, aged 43. He brought the 60s sunshine pop element to OTC’s mind-bending musical stew, put out some fine tracks with The Sunshine Fix and finally joined The Apples In Stereo for their two latest albums (the Apples being the main vehicle for Robert Schneider who produced OTC’s albums).
Thank you for the music, Bill! You were truly great!