The Olivia Tremor Control, Presents: Singles and Beyond (Emperor Norton): Operating in another zone, but one which references the Beach Boys and Beatles by way of Big Star and god knows who else, are The Olivia Tremor Control. Collecting some of their early singles and EPs, this album is the audio equivalent of a day spent reading "Alice In Wonderland" or C. S. Lewis' fantasy tales. The music suggests elegant, Victorian pop — all the more amazing since some of these 20 wonderful tracks were recorded on extremely primitive equipment. Talent and ideas rule! Check out "Fireplace," "Love Athena" and the excellently titled "Beneath the Climb," a pop track that feels a bit like early Who as it races along at a frantic pace. And "Gypsum All Field Fire" is a classic. — Michael Goldberg

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