Fine, I won’t use songs I’ve listed before…
- Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
- Neutral Milk Hotel – Ghost
- Neutral Milk Hotel – Communist Daughter
- Neutral Milk Hotel – Two-Headed Boy
I’ve talked about my love for Neutral Milk Hotel before, but I didn’t know there was a book based on one of my favorite albums of all time, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. I want:
Weird, beautiful, absorbing, difficult, In The Aeroplane Over the Sea is a surrealist text loosely based on the life, suffering and reincarnation of Anne Frank, with guest appearances from a pair of Siamese twins menaced by the cold and carnivores, a two-headed boy bobbing in a jar, anthropomorphic vegetables and a variety of immature erotic horrors.
Mangum sings his dreamlike narratives with a dreamer’s intensity, his creaky, off key voice occasionally breaking as he struggles to complete each dense couplet. The music is like nothing else in the 90s indie underground: a psychedelic brass band, its members self-taught, forging polychromatic washes of mood and tribute. The songs stick to one narrow key, the images repeat and circle back, and to listen is to be absorbed into a singular, heart-rending vision.