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.
Performance CreditsNeutral Milk Hotel Primary Artist
Jeff Mangum Organ,Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Xylophone,Multi Instruments,Bells,Tape,Casio
Robert Schneider Organ,Xylophone,Fuzz Bass
Hilarie Sidney Multi Instruments
Aaron Reedy Multi Instruments
Lisa Janssen Multi Instruments,Fuzz Bass
Rick Benjamin Trombone
Technical CreditsJeff Mangum Cover Design
Robert Schneider Horn Arrangements
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