Jeff Mangum's band of rainy-day folk weirdos have another record that isn't 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea', by the way. The proudly lo-fi 'On Avery Island' was Neutral Milk Hotel's debut record, full of similarly creepy and endearing love songs, as well as ten minute noise experiments. This is an old times indie rock record that is secretly quite essential.
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Heroes of underground music, Neutral Milk Hotel’s god-like legacy begins with this album: 'On Avery Island'. Though 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea' is cited as their ‘tour de force’ and Jeff Mangum’s defining record, 'On Avery Island' is nothing to be sneezed at. 'Song Against Sex' tells cautionary tales over a 2 chord frenzy with reeling trumpet lines, 'Naomi' is one of the sweetest and heart-wrenching love songs Magnum would ever write and 'Three Peaches' could be viewed as a sister song to next album’s 'Oh Comely'. Recorded on 4-track tape, every song has that warm, crackly and lo-fi sound that Neutral Milk Hotel so skilfully utilises. The timbres are rich and diverse, the lyrics mysterious and though provoking and Mangum’s voice thunders through - rich with conviction.
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