The Olivia Tremor Control co-leader (with Will Cullen Hart) and Elephant 6 co-founder Bill Doss passed away July 31. His death—the cause of which is still unknown—is a huge loss to American psych rock. Since 1992, OTC have been exemplars of musicians who can both craft beautiful, baroque melodies and construct cryptic, engrossing musique-concrète compositions; most bands fail at being compelling with either approach. Doss also led stellar psych-rock outfit the Sunshine Fix while OTC were on hiatus throughout the '00s.
Friend and Chunklet founder Henry Owings has written a moving eulogy here. Read it and immerse yourself in OTC’s two classic albums, Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle and Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One. They provide a lifetime of deathless, daredevil thrills.
RIP, Bill Doss.