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NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL

On Avery Island

Fire Records

$38.00

Like their Elephant 6 labelmates and kindred spirits Olivia Tremor Control's Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle, Neutral Milk Hotel's debut, 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; the opener, "Song Against Sex," is as much a manifesto as a kickoff, a self-propelled marvel hopped up on rapid-fire wordplay and a stunningly ramshackle melody punctuated by bloated trombone moans. Throughout the record, Jeff Mangum's wheels threaten to fly off at any time -- his 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. All Music Guide


ITEM DETAILS:
Artist: Neutral Milk Hotel
Title: On Avery Island
Label: Merge
Cat #: ‚MRG103LP
Year: 1996
Format: 12"LP

TRACK LIST:

  1. Song Against Sex
  2. You've Passed
  3. Someone Is Waiting
  4. 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


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