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Music Tapes
1st Imaginary Symphony For Nomad

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Label: Merge / Touch & Go Released: 7/6/1999

This is not a CD for the faint of sound and all you Celine Dion fans may want to give this one a pass. Using instruments such as singing saws, vaccuum cleaners, accordions, banjos, horns and more traditional rock intruments, the Music Tapes create an interesting and somewhat creepy soundscape. This is not to say that this music is too "clever" for the masses. This is no Phish or Frank Zappa wannabe album. It's pop with a bunch of noise on top. Julian Koster is a great songwriter and whether its here or with his other band, Neutral Milk Hotel, the strength of the song comes through. That being said the uninitiated may want to get Neutral Milk Hotel's 'Airplane Over the Sea' first, its a little more accessible. Those who enjoy Music Tapes may also want to check out the Archer Micro Space Patrol or Jad Fair.

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