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Neutral Milk Hotel
Neutral Milk Hotel
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Amongst indie folk and psychedelic rock musicians of the modern era, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more frequent common inspiration than Neutral Milk Hotel. Though far from a household name in its heyday of the mid to late-1990s, the Ruston, Louisiana-originated group left an impressively influential legacy behind in its wake. The band's most identifiable and effective weapon could be found in the freewheeling, elastic quaver of front man Jeff Mangum's voice, which has inspired a generation of knockoffs. Not to be dismissed, however, the rest of the group was up to task as well, warping poppy indie folk with occasional bursts of fuzzy distortion, punk rock, horn arrangements, singing saw and accordion. Neutral Milk Hotel reached its high-water mark in 1998 with the release of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, a brilliantly arranged album that captured the group's affinity for sparse beauty and cacophonous racket in equal doses. Living in Athens, Georgia by this time, the band became affiliated with the Elephant 6 collective of musicians, often collaborating with psychedelic throwback groups such as Elf Power, Olivia Tremor Control and others. Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded in 1999, sending Mangum into a long reclusive period of inactivity, much to the frustration of his fans. As of 2011 however, he'd started to play shows again, often performing Neutral Milk Hotel songs alongside his repertoire of solo material.
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