Saturday, August 9, 2008
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 
This album is considered a modern classic and is hugely popular among independent rock circles. It's been in my collection for a few years but only just recently has it sunk in with me. These songs have been playing on my radio and in my head constantly for days on end. This album is just a really beautiful and unique experience, I don't know how to say it any better than that. You feel like a spirit is sitting in a chair next to you playing these otherworldly songs on his acoustic guitar. The album is a concept album about the experience of Anne Frank during the Holocaust, but the songs aren't morbid. They're about love and life and all sorts of things.
Jeff Magnum, who is the singer and songwriter, has become a cult figure. After this album became a success, he disappeared from the music scene and hasn't returned to it. He has only done 1 interview in the last decade that I know of -- here with pitchfork. And here is another good article speculating about what happened to him.
Get the album here