“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel

I don’t want to seem as though I’m beating the drum too hard for Neutral Milk Hotel; while I like their music plenty well, it’s not as though I think their second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, is one of the great masterpieces of our times, as some people apparently do.  It’s a top-notch album, yes, but it’s not perfect.

Having said that, I’m posting a Neutral Milk Hotel selection for the second time this month because I’m a sucker for songs with weird instrumentation.  The title track from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea features, among other things, a three-part harmony on the musical saw, which in my view is enough to merit a post on this blog.  And it’s a good song besides that, too — I promise!  The lyrics are beautiful.

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