Song Of The Day: Neutral Milk Hotel – “The King Of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2-3”

Originally released on February 10th, 1998, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is a true gem of the 90’s indie scene that recently celebrated a 20th anniversary. I may even go to say that as far as releases for the 90’s go, it has to be in the top 5. Jeff Mangum’s Neutral Milk Hotel was birthed out of the Elephant 6 Recording Company, a collective that Magnum himself helped found. Notable artists from the company include The Apples in Stereo, Elf Power, the Olivia Tremor Control, and Of Montreal, to name a few. Many of the albums released by these groups have shaped the musical scene in someway, but not as much as In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Aeroplane is an album that came to Mangum in a dream, as explained by Wikipedia: “Mangum had read The Diary of a Young Girl, the diary Frank kept while she was in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands before she was discovered and died in a concentration camp. He was deeply affected by the book and spent “about three days crying”, having dreams of travelling back in time and saving her.” The second track, “The King Of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2-3” is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sound and meaning. If this is your first taste then please do yourself a favor and enjoy this album from indie music’s most reclusive recluse.

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