Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island – LP

£16.00

“Its wide-eyed and wounded view of the world goes a long way toward explaining why audiences keep returning to Jeff Magnum’s songs” Pitchfork

“Neutral Milk Hotel were on if the best and most distinctive indie bands of the Nineties” Rolling Stone

“On Avery Island, is an inscrutable concept album, a chronicle of an insular world told in a remarkably universal language. A fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording, the album wraps its ragged pop songs in ribbons of loops, marching-band squawks, and Casio noodling” All Music

Jeff Mangum’s songs are cryptic and crazed, his ideas fast and furious, and together they force the home-recording concept out of the basement and into a brave new world, a fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording. Full of rapid-fire wordplay with true and heartfelt experimentation, both ambitious and eclectic, it’s not hard to see why this has been such an influential album. Part of the fabled Elephant 6 collective, Neutral Milk Hotel won over many a music critic with this cult classic. The band are recognized as one of the most influential alternative acts to come out of the mid-90s and sowed the seeds for everything from anti-folk to the likes of Arcade Fire, Caribou and even Franz Ferdinand.

On its original release, this album ranked #35 in the annual Village Voice Jazz & Pop Critics’ Poll. Also, Spin proclaimed this album one of the ten best “you didn’t hear” of 1996. “10/10 – A gem” VICE / “Still Sounds Great” UNCUT.

TRACKS
1. Song Against Sex
2. You’ve Passed
3. Someone Is Waiting
4. A Baby For Pree
5. Marching Theme
6. Where You’ll Find Me Now
7. Avery Island / April 1st
8. Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
9. Three Peaches
10. Naomi
11. April 8th
12. Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye
13. Everything Is
14. Snow Song Pt. 1

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