BRIAN OLIVE with SHIVERING TIMBERS
Friday, January 6, 2011
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
FREE, 21-and-up, 10pm
Recorded and Produced by both Olive and Dan Auerbach at The Diamonds in Cincinnati and Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, T.O.E. features a revolving cast of talent including long time right hand man behind the throne Mike Weinel, Detroit psychedelic caveman David Shettler, Daniel Allaire, Jared McKinney and a chorus of real live angels and witches on backing vocals.
Musically the emphasis here is on groove, which never looses site of the song’s bigger pictures. The rhythm tracks never merely hold the songs down but are rather an integral part of their tapestry. A variety of percussion rubs up against fuzzy synthesizers, hip hop bass lines, new Orleans second line snares, wailing voices, brass lines and flutes; sometimes all in one song. Maybe the most important component is Olive’s rich and varied dream soaked voice that guides listeners through this trip of mind fields, stars, and heavens.
There’s not many artists out there these days pushing things forward and doing so with such great songs and clarity of sound vision. Olive’s Two Of Everything is a direct hit to mundane re-treads of any of today’s musical genres. Get in line and go to school.