In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel (1998)

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel (1998)

Has this remarkable outsider vibe, despite being one of the most acclaimed albums in history. An assortment of surrealism, idiosyncrasy, sorrow, pain, and beauty. Goddamn, is it beautiful… not in a conventional way at all, but listening to Jeff Mangum pour his heart out accompanied by marching bands, freaky organs, and musical saws is a fantastic, engrossing experience. The title track turns madness into stately beauty, sounding like a eulogy to someone who never actually existed but would’ve been your best friend if they had. And good luck not getting swept up in the bizarre emotions of Oh Comely, emotions I’m not even sure they have names for. Genius or insanity? I say both!

Choice Cut: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

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First Utterance – Comus (1971)

First Utterance - Comus (1971)

Comus sound like the product of a scene whose key players were born, lived, and died over a thousand years ago, with songs from the Dark Ages that were somehow displaced and put into the modern age. The album breaks music conventions left and right and relishes in its complete madness, with songs that passionately describe in detail subjects such as rape (Diana), torture (Drip Drip), and a man’s haunting journey to his own hanging (The Bite). No one knew what to make of it during its time, but this macabre album’s cult following sees it for the masterpiece it truly is.

Choice Cut: Drip Drip
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We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – Foxygen (2013)

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic - Foxygen (2013)

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic sounds like an album that was taken out of the late 1960’s and re-recorded in a modern studio.  Modern rock, pop, and folk music sound fine and I have few complaints about them. Still, there is a certain novelty in listening to a modern rendition of old styles.  The novelty of this album coupled with lyrics such as “there’s no need to be an asshole, you’re not in Brooklyn anymore” makes Foxygen  stand out in the flood of recent indie bands.

Choice Cut: No Destruction
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