Have you heard of Neutral Milk Hotel? Most people don’t, considering they were a VERY underground indie folk band that existed from the late eighties to 1999. They only had two major releases, “On Avery Island” and “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” but none gained any popularity at the time they came out. But slowly and surely, and after the bands breakup, “Aeroplane” became a cultural phenomenon among the underground scene, or known most popularly as the hipster community. The album has sold over 300,000 copies and is critically acclaimed by sites such as Sputnik music and pitchfork.
Returning to present day, 14 years after NMH’s disbandment and frontman Jeff Mangum’s nervous breakdown, it seems apparent that the Kings of Carrot Flowers (listen to the album) thought it right to show the new generation their talents. Thus, the indie folk stars have teamed back up for a reunion tour, announcing about 5 or 6 dates of the tour just yesterday. People on Sputnik music are speculating that more dates should be to follow.
I have heard the album “Aeroplane,” and personally I find it to be very interesting; the album lacks in production value, but soars lyrically. Jeff Mangum has been referred to by the underground community as “the greatest lyricist to have ever existed.” And while that is subject to debate, I won’t deny that the writing is very well done. If the band intrigues you, give the album a listen, and if you like it then perhaps you’ll be lucky enough for NMH to stop near your town on their reunion tour.