"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" Song by Neutral Milk Hotel; from the album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea; Released: February 10, 1998 (): Recorded: July–September 1997: Studio: Pet Sounds, Denver, Colorado: Genre: Indie rock, indie pop, psychedelic folk: Length [10] The recording sessions for In the Aeroplane Over the Sea coincided with several other sessions. [38] While writing about the Anne Frank connection, Anwen Crawford of The Monthly said: "It would be overly literal, though, to describe In the Aeroplane Over the Sea as an album about the Holocaust, for Frank is only one of many phantasms to populate a set of looping, interlinked narratives that proceed with the closed logic of a dream or a religious vision. [70], In the Aeroplane Over the Sea's critical standing rose tremendously in the years after its release. [87] On the album's tenth anniversary, Pitchfork published an article in which indie musicians such as Dan Snaith, Tim Kasher, and fellow Elephant 6 member Kevin Barnes discussed its importance. [30] Some listeners believe there is a central message found throughout the lyrics, while other listeners believe the album is too abstract to derive meaning from. Some of them had quit their jobs to be in Neutral Milk Hotel, and it seemed impossible to justify a breakup immediately after their first genuine success. The trumpets were written in treble clef, but as Spillane could only read bass clef, he had to rewrite these arrangements before he could learn them. [41] The back cover shows a drawing of marching band members wearing stilts, led by a short bandmaster. [21] Ankeny did note however the lyrics were too abstract to derive meaning from. Released in February 1998. [4] The single's exposure convinced Mangum to record more music under this name. On the band's full-length albums, Mangum played with a number of other musicians, notably Jeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (musical saw/banjo/accordion/bass guitar) and producer-instrumentalist Robert Schneider. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the second studio album by the American rock band Neutral Milk Hotel, released on February 10, 1998 by Merge Records. For others it is a bitter disappointment after all the hype it has gained from internet/magazine reviews and musical influence. Instead, he avoided the topic of new music altogether and increasingly isolated himself. Schneider claimed that the nonlinearities of microphone distortion gave the album its unique "warm" quality. According to Carter: "It was more like talking them through what was about to happen, because so much was happening onstage that without someone helping, it was a wail or squeal and the soundman would look at twenty instruments onstage and not know what to dive for. Pitchfork initially ranked it at number eighty-five on its list of the best albums of the 1990s, but moved the album all the way to number four in its 2003 revised list. Instead, Schneider used heavy compression and placed a Bellari RP-220 tube mic pre-amp close to his guitar. Genres: Indie Folk, Indie Rock. Led by Jeff Magnum, In the Aeroplane over the Sea finds the Neutral Milk Hotel assemblage loosely performing a series of narratives backed by folksy acoustic guitar. 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Mangum occasionally worked on music over the next few years—he released a field recording of Bulgarian folk music, played as a touring member of Circulatory System, and briefly hosted a program for the freeform radio station WFMU—but remained out of the spotlight and released no new songs. 2 & 3" and "Holland, 1945". [80] Some outlets have also ranked it as one of the best albums of the 1990s. [32] Some critics have compared the album to a coming-of-age story. Last week, Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea turned 20. [42] When Mangum asked Dewan for artwork, he was provided with two sketches: a magic radio, and a flying Victrola, the latter of which was chosen. By doing nothing, Neutral Milk Hotel developed a cult. "[67] Journalist Mark Richardson attempted to explain the album's rise in popularity: "Because [Mangum] was inaccessible, there was no outlet for connection other than the record itself and other fans who shared a passion. In the aeroplane over the sea is for many the realization that some of the greatest things are born of simplicity. In part, because it’s one of the best albums of the nineties and also due to the fact he’s yet to record anything of note since then. are layered into a sometimes rootsy, sometimes lo-fi, and often psychedelic mix. It was released in the United States on February 10, 1998 on Merge Records and May 1998 on Blue Rose Records in the United Kingdom. Filmmaker Lance Bangs said: "He wasn't any kind of a taskmaster—never turning and glaring at anybody—it was never like that. The way it has become a quintessential cult album—widely loved as well as widely unknown—makes it easy to believe there's something special between you and it—that it's yours alone no matter how many people love it. Mangum … [1], Credits adapted from the liner notes of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea Chords by Neutral Milk Hotel. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the second and final studio album by the American indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel. He shared the demos with his bandmates before they moved to Denver to record the album. [48] Musicians John Fernandes and Will Westbrook were brought on as touring members, and were taught how to play the horn parts with Spillane. [56] In a year-end column accompanying the Pazz & Jop, Robert Christgau dismissed the album as "a funereal jape that gets my goat. [68] The album, and by extension Neutral Milk Hotel, became common fixtures on online message boards, and early music websites like Pitchfork gave the band an increased level of promotion. [81] Other websites that placed In the Aeroplane Over the Sea in their list of the best albums of the 1990s include Cleveland.com (number twenty)[82] and Slant Magazine (number forty-three). [42] Dewan had previously been commissioned by Koster to make the artwork for the Music Tapes demos. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. [29] Fans and journalists have long argued over the exact meaning of the album. [53] Both Himmelsbach and Ratliff noted the semireligious undertones. Ratliff ultimately summarized his review by writing: "Aeroplane is thin-blooded, woolgathering stuff. The album's tempo sometimes abruptly shifts from song to song, while heavy layers of distortion permeate the tracks. [37] However, Frank's importance to the lyrics is a subject of debate. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has been highly influential. "[50] This caused some audience members to become scared of the band members. Some of the group's original fans became angry and accused Mangum of being selfish, while others perpetuated hoaxes around Neutral Milk Hotel's breakup. "[6], After the release of On Avery Island, Mangum recruited three musicians to tour with: Julian Koster, Jeremy Barnes, and Scott Spillane. The album's temposometimes abruptly shifts from song to so… [11], Schneider separated the band members into different rooms, but always kept Mangum close to the control room in case he wanted to plug Mangum's acoustic guitar into a four-track cartridge. [76] Just as the album itself became a meme, the tendency to lavish it with hyperbolic praise also became an online in-joke, exemplified by a headline from the satirical website ClickHole: "Disgusting: ISIS Just Released a 2-Star Review of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea". Track 3. from In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.\rI do NOT claim to own ANY rights to this music or the image used for the video. [26] Critic Chris DeVille wrote: "On the musical axis, Neutral Milk Hotel veered from piercingly intimate psychedelic campfire sing-alongs to full-band segments that barreled ahead with haphazard grace ... everyone bashing away with such rudimental force that the songs seemed ready to topple over at any moment. Dele Fadele of NME described the lyrics as "evocative" and "compelling". [34], Love is another prominent lyrical theme, although this concept takes on different forms. But from that springboard, a quiver of instruments (horns, organs, accordions, saws, banjo, zanzithophone, etc.) [24] McDermott also discussed the dark lyrics, and wrote: "[Mangum] inherits a world of cannibalism, elastic sexuality and freaks of nature. Editorial Reviews. Triumphantly martial brass … [70], Despite modest sales projections and never charting on the Billboard 200, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has sold over 393,000 copies, with reported sales of 25,000 copies a year. [83] Q and Spin placed In the Aeroplane Over the Sea on their lists of the best albums of the last twenty-five and thirty years respectively,[84] while Rolling Stone and NME ranked it at 376 and 98 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time respectively.[85]. [43] To give the disparate drawings a cohesive look, Bilheimer scanned every image onto a dirty piece of paper, which made the drawings look the same age, with an effect of slow decay. [3] After graduating from high school, Mangum moved to Seattle, and released the single "Everything Is" on Cher Doll Records, under the alias Neutral Milk Hotel. Merge Records Traditional instruments like the guitar and drums paired with less conventional instruments such as a singing saw, zanzithophone, and uilleann pipes. [65], There was no public explanation for the band's sudden breakup. [47], To promote the album, Neutral Milk Hotel embarked on a tour of North America and Europe. [14] This process was done for nearly every instrument used on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. While the lyrics are about childhood fantasies, there are references to sexual awakenings, domestic violence, religious fanaticism, tarot card readings, and possible incest. That's how I learned to produce, doing that record, because I totally had to let go of what I thought it should be like. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea went on to receive critical acclaim, and is described by music journalists as a landmark album for indie rock and as one of the best albums of the 1990s. [44], In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was released in the United States on February 10, 1998 by Merge Records, and in the United Kingdom in May 1998 by Blue Rose Records. [7] The North American tour in support of On Avery Island generated enough money to enable the quartet to move to Athens, Georgia, where a large group of Elephant 6 musicians were living. Some critics argue she is merely an inspiration for some of the tracks, as opposed to an important character within a narrative arc. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1998 CD release of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea on Discogs. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel. [73] Richardson said that although he initially found Mangum's infatuation with Anne Frank embarrassing, he grew appreciation for the lyrics, and called them the album's defining characteristic. [23], Jeff Mangum's guitars are a key component for much of the album. Two & Three", This page was last edited on 25 January 2021, at 12:25. Schneider then ran the sound through a mixing console, and maxed out the sound on a cassette tape. [33] Mangum's descriptions of these experiences evoke a sense of nostalgia. It’s a record with a strange lifespan. In The Aeroplane, itself is gritty, pretty low fidelity, and boyishly singer-singwritery the whole way through. 1998 Experimental Rock (?) [1], The drumhead over the woman's face on the cover is somewhat. One swims in the water while the other sits atop a box. [9], In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was produced by Schneider, and was recorded from July to September 1997. Mangum's vocals influenced singers such as Colin Meloy of the Decemberists and Zach Condon of Beirut. "[32], And she was born in a bottle rocket, 1929 Neutral Milk Hotel is an American indie rock band formed by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jeff Mangum in the early 1990s. Jeff was always doing things like picking him up and throwing him into the drums. [64] The band members remained friends, but moved on to other projects. [25] He was deeply affected by the book and spent "about three days crying", having dreams of traveling back in time and saving her. Though it isn't exactly a record of yesteryear, having been released in 1998, Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the definition of a modern classic, being entirely unique (something almost every record fails to do) while also speaking to the human heart more passionately and singing to its depths more effectively than even the best of albums. [69] Winkie wrote: "Would Aeroplane occupy the same untouchable place in American indie-rock culture if it was released in 1992? He grew tired of performing and explaining his lyrics, and disappeared from the public eye. Mangum often plays simple chord progressions, which Erik Himmelsbach of Spin compared to the '50s progression. [31] Pitchfork's Mark Richardson wrote that the lyrics are written with childlike wonder, in which mundane interactions are illustrated as fantastical moments. [21] The musical tempo can greatly shift depending on the track. [56] Paste similarly ranked it highly, placing it at number two, only behind Radiohead's OK Computer. [49] Although Mangum was expecting a lot out of the newly expanded band, many outsiders noted how caring and nurturing he was toward everyone involved. [25] In the Aeroplane Over the Sea emphasizes structure and texture, and tracks seamlessly segue into one another. Inspired by a reading of the Anne Frank story, and with the help from the Elephant Six recording collective (Apples in Stereo and Olivia Tremor Control), In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a personal meditation on the rich joys of life and the tragedy of death. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - YouTube [16] Like he did while learning the songs for On Avery Island, Spillane spent hours every day practicing and writing more arrangements in the basement. [49] For the tour, Mangum wanted the band to learn how to play the Charlie Haden track "Song for Che", a difficult improvisational jazz piece. [14], The horn arrangements were primarily written by Schneider. It's hard to say. Right between her spine "[55], The lyrics drew critical attention. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. "It's like a children's book or a fairy tale, Where the Wild Things Are on wax" said Richardson. On the band's two full-length albums, Mangum played with a number of other musicians, notably Jeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (musical saw/banjo/accordion/bass guitar) and producer-instrumentalist Robert … "[73] In the 2004 edition of The Rolling Stone Album Guide, critic Roni Sarig described the album as "timeless transcendentalist pop steeped in a century of American music, from funeral marches to punk rock...Aeroplane is a fragile, creaky, dignified, and ballsy record". Bilheimer then splashed dirt on the album cover just above the female character's outstretched arm. . I had developed an acoustic guitar sound on my own that he was really happy with by the second record, and I think it's really good. The music is predominantly indie rock and psychedelic folk, and is characterized by an intentionally low quality sound. [23] Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler said In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was the primary reason the band signed with Merge Records. Perhaps best likened to a marching band on an acid trip, Neutral Milk Hotel's second album is another quixotic sonic parade; lo-fi yet lush, impenetrable yet wholly accessible, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is either the work of a genius or an utter crackpot, with the truth probably falling somewhere in between. Again teaming with producer Robert Schneider, Jeff Mangum invests … The latter wears a red dress and has a drumhead[b] instead of a face. [57] Himmelsbach described the lyrics as "darkly comedic and wonderfully wide-eyed", and commended the stream of consciousness style of songwriting. According to Richardson: "it's an album of memories and associations, how skin feels against the grass and what passes through your mind the first time you realize your own powerlessness. [62] The large response helped the album gain a cult following, and converted Mangum into an almost mythological character. Some of that stature had to do with the mystery surrounding Neutral Milk Hotel and Mangum in particular, which ramped up in Aeroplane’s aftermath. [42] Dewan's best known piece for the album is a black and white sketch of a flying Victrola over an industrial plant. [77] In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was the sixth best-selling vinyl record of 2008, and its sales helped contribute to a revitalization of vinyl in the late 2000s. [1] Schneider paid half the rent for access to every room in the house except McIntyre's bedroom. [22] Part of the musical variance comes from the instruments used on the album. Great Lakes member Ben Crum recalled: "It was definitely dangerous. Perhaps best likened to a marching band on an acid trip, Neutral Milk Hotel's second album is another quixotic sonic parade; lo-fi yet lush, impenetrable yet wholly accessible, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is either the work of a genius or an utter crackpot, with the truth probably falling somewhere in between. [79], Several websites and magazines have ranked In the Aeroplane Over the Sea as one of the greatest indie rock albums of all time, including Amazon.com, Blender, and Entertainment Weekly. "[13], Neutral Milk Hotel biographer Kim Cooper believes In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is one of the most heavily distorted albums ever made, but also notes the lack of equipment such as Big Muffs or distortion pedals. An Investigation", "Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' is Best-Selling Book in 33 1/3 Series", "Earth's Coolest Concept Albums, Decided By You", "There will never be a more hipster meme than Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, "How did the Neutral Milk Hotel legend get so out of hand? "[51], Initial critical responses to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea were generally enthusiastic, but not laudatory. All drenched in milk and holy water, Jeff Mangum wrote "Ghost" as a surreal depiction of Anne Frank's life. Sauerteig cites the track "Two-Headed Boy" as an example of this concept. "[60] In a 2016 article, journalist Luke Winkie said the initial reception was "the standard response to a confusing second album from a band without a preexisting pedigree: distant praise, hedged bets, avoiding the heart at all cost. [5] He moved to Denver and worked with Schneider to record the 1996 album On Avery Island. Critics were mostly positive, but not laudatory. [17] When asked about the horns on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Koster said: "The tension of Scott being heartfelt, explosive, and Robert trying to superimpose arrangement and control, made for something nice. [62] In a 2002 interview, Mangum said that "a lot of the basic assumptions I held about reality started crumbling". 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,' the second album by Neutral Milk Hotel, was released in February, 1998. We can only assume he likes it there. At the end of the ’90s, it … Neutral Milk Hotel. Over the next few years, the album gained an online cult following, and Mangum struggled to cope with his newfound stardom. Traditional instruments like the guitar and drums paired with less conventional instruments such as a singing saw, zanzithophone, and uilleann pipes. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Lyrics: What a beautiful face / I have found in this place / That is circling all 'round the sun / What a beautiful dream / That could flash on the screen / … album by Neutral Milk Hotel Addeddate 2019-04-09 13:33:45 External_metadata_update 2019-04-16T18:23:09Z [20] Jason Ankeny of AllMusic compares the album to a "marching band on an acid trip",[21] while Kim Cooper wrote: "the music is like nothing else in the 90s underground". [32] Mangum's lyrics have also been seen as a depiction of teenagehood, and the need to develop one's own identity. "[75], Even amid the generally positive critical reevaluation, the album was not without its detractors. "[49], While on tour, Neutral Milk Hotel gained a reputation for chaotic and physically demanding concerts. The album was recorded at Pet Sounds Studio between July to September 1997. The internet has a one-of-a-kind relationship with Neutral Milk Hotel. Ironically, the band members would often ask some audience members if they could spend the night at their house without knowing the homeowner was in fact terrified of them. The track describes conjoined twins, although Sauerteig believes the conjoined twins are a metaphor for two people who unsuccessfully merged with each other, and now feel like they are trapped in an interdependent relationship. [50] The audio technicians for most venues were confused and did not know what to expect. [35] The lyrics will sometimes describe how Mangum wants to physically merge with the things he loves, which symbolizes a need for interconnectedness with loved ones. [24] Other important aspects to the music include the heavy amount of distortion, as well as the multitrack recording method Schneider used for the majority of the instruments. [86] According to Pitchfork contributor Mike McGonigal, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea's disparate genres laid the groundwork for a musical template followed by bands such as Bright Eyes and Six Organs of Admittance. Released 10 February 1998 on Merge (catalog no. [15] Spillane was the last band member to arrive, so Schneider showed him the arrangements he had already written. [45] Merge pressed 5,500 CD and 1,600 vinyl copies, and expected sales to be similar to On Avery Island. As a result, Laura Carter took on the unusual role of "mix-board translator". Mark Richardson of Pitchfork awarded the 2005 reissue a perfect 10/10 score. To commemorate the occasion, we created an exclusive new t-shirt using elements from the original album artwork. [23] Snaith said: It's an album people want to keep for themselves—sharing it with only those closest to them. [35] PJ Sauerteig of PopMatters believes In the Aeroplane Over the Sea's central message is Mangum's longing desire to be loved by the people he idolizes, whether that be a love interest or with his fellow peers. [18] Critics generally describe it as indie rock and psychedelic folk with a lo-fi sound,[19] but also note the wide range of influences, including Eastern European choral music, Canterbury Sound, circus music, musique concrète, drone music, free jazz, and Tropicália. [16] Toward the end of the recording sessions, Schneider and Spillane worked together to seamlessly combine their differing arrangements. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. He would sometimes shut himself inside his home for days on end, and hoarded rice in preparation for the possible Y2K problem. "[21] Marvin Lin of Tiny Mix Tapes felt it was difficult to concisely explain why the album is so great, and ultimately summarized his review with the statement: "As beautiful as it is disturbing, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a stunning piece of art that draws you deeper with each listen. Schneider was already producing the Minders' album Hooray for Tuesday when Neutral Milk Hotel members began to arrive, and decided to halt production until In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was finished. [43], In addition to Bilheimer's drawings, New York multimedia artist Brian Dewan created the interior artwork found within physical copies of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. [52] Pitchfork's M. Christian McDermott also commended the music, which he called a blend of "Sgt. Publication date 1998 Topics Neutral Milk Hotel, Experimental Rock, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea Language English. Now, I'm not equating Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea to Van Halen's Van Halen, but in both cases you've got a band releasing an album which has clear roots in earlier music, but represents a huge and sudden leap forward to some people. It was recorded at Pet Sounds Studio[a] in Denver, the home of Schneider's friend Jim McIntyre. Schneider's parts were more melancholic while Spillane wrote chaotic and boisterous parts. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=In_the_Aeroplane_Over_the_Sea&oldid=1002646249, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages with login required references or sources, MusicBrainz release group same as Wikidata, Articles with MusicBrainz release group links, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz release group identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "The King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, one of the most celebrated and influential Merge albums of all time, turned 20 on February 10, 2018! Featured peformers: Jeff Mangum (guitar, vocals, organ, floor tom, bass, tape, shortwave radio, art direction), Jeremy Barnes (drums, … [35], Although there is little concrete information as to the genesis of some of the lyrics, Mangum has stated a major influence was Anne Frank, a teenage girl who died in a Nazi concentration camp. Producer Robert Schneider worked with bandleader Jeff Mangum to improve the lo-fi sound of the band's debut album On Avery Island. ", "How Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Became a Polarizing Cult Classic", "What Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' Is Really About", "Do Anne Frank Scholars Like Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'? 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