Cover image for On Avery Island
Title:
On Avery Island
Author:
Neutral Milk Hotel (Musical group), performer.
Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, NC : Merge Records, [1995]

â„—1995
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Contents:
Songs against sex -- You've passed -- Someone is waiting -- A baby for Pree -- Marching theme -- Where you'll find me now -- Avery Island/April 1st -- Garden head/Leave me alone -- Three peaches -- Naomi -- April 18th -- Pree-sisters swallowing a donkey's eye.
UPC:
036172940325
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

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. ~ Jason Ankeny