Yesterday Bill Doss passed away at the age of 43. Doss was a co-founder of The Elephant Six Recording Company which championed the American neo-psychedelic resurgence in bands like The Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal and Doss’ own band, The Olivia Tremor Control. Doss is mourned sorrowfully by his family, fans and his Elephant Six brothers and sisters.
Bill performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival and had been touring as recently as five days ago. Olivia Tremor Control, which had been defunct for over a decade released a single last year, The Game You Play is In Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3, rekindling an unexpected flame.
What’s entirely eerie is that yesterday I received an ordered copy of one of my favorite albums, Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle complete with its sonic companion Explanation II. It has been playing ever since.
The causes of Doss’ death are still unknown. His family has asked that those fans who are interested in celebrating Bill’s life and achievements send donations to Nuci’s Space, an Athen’s, GA-based NFP geared towards suicide prevention and treatment of musicians suffering from depression.
Between The Olivia Tremor Control and his work with The Sunshine Fix, Doss solidified himself as one of the forefathers of the neo-pysch movement, not to mention his involvement and promotion of the Elephant Six Collective. He will be missed…