Song Of The Day: Neutral Milk Hotel-Oh Sister

February 10, 2008 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

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As you may know, the seminal Neutral Milk Hotel album, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea turns ten years old this weekend. Upon discovering this anniversary, I immediately sat down and charged through the bands short and powerful discography. On Avery Island serves as a fuzzy, blissed out prelude to Aeroplane, creating a greater context for the latter to resonate through your subconscious on an unending loop. One of my favorite things about this band is their ability to create songs that I enjoy thoroughly, but upon later inspection realize contain life alteringly beautiful poetry. Over long periods of time certain songs will just decide to reveal themselves to me as more than a great tune, but a deeply affecting piece of art. Such is the case with Oh Sister, one of the handful of unreleased NMH tunes. Sharing lyrics with the great epic, Oh Comely, this track is much shorter but maintains just as much theatrics, and a great sense of urgency. A tucked away hidden gem, it feels like buried treasure, extracted from the topsoil of forgotten bootlegs. So please go and listen to the two main albums in their entirety, let them wash over you and fill you with visions of Two Headed Boys and Flying Gramaphones. Once you have done this, play this track as a sort of epilogue, a supplementary piece, it certainly deserves its place in the pantheon of classic NMH songs.

Neutral Milk Hotel-Oh Sister.mp3

Oh sister, sweet brown and beulahery
And milk from your blisters on your grandmother’s jewelry
There in the parlor all naked in front of me
Watching the lights from the cracks
Making archery animal designs –
Jeff Mangum

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