What kind of music do you like? Ok, that might be too broad of a question…What kind of new music have you been digging? Alright, still broad, but we’re getting somewhere… It’s not like answering those questions are tough, it’s just that there is so much music to listen to and so little time. For most people it is tough to go out and search for music yourself.

But luckily in this day and age programs like Spotify and Pandora are all the rage because of their algorithm based playlists that help you quickly find music you’ll probably like; based on previous search results of bands/artists you’ve listened too. But in this algorithm based generation we live in, sometimes those playlists still make it hard to find good music you really like. So where do you start if you wanted to find music on your own?

With the wide variety of music that’s available today, it’s still hard to find a place to wet your feet, so to speak. Which is why this column was created for you, oh joyous music fan. I took it upon myself to share 5 of the albums I feel anyone can enjoy; no matter what music you generally listen too. Although I don’t have your previous search history, good tunes are still good. So read my descriptions, learn about the bands, albums, and styles of music that you might not have known about unless you read this article. You might enjoy, or even love, some of these. Call me the Cinema Blend algorithm, if you will.

In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel is one of those oddities that most casual music listeners have never heard of. Although the band’s second and last album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is a highly regarded piece of music in the indie community, most folks outside of that group don’t know this album exists. But when you hear a band called Neutral Milk Hotel, with an album titled In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, what do you feel? Probably not an urge to listen to them; but if you do give this band’s seminal record a shot, you’ll be surprised by how these 11 songs existed without your ears ever taking notice. I will say this though: In The Aeroplane is a beautiful, yet emotional, album that really only gets better on repeated listens.

Mostly lush with acoustic guitars and singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum’s emotive voice, this record will take you on an emotional journey of sounds, imagery, and melody that most albums in the past 20 years haven’t even come close to achieving. Along with acoustic guitars, the band also sports organs, bagpipes, fuzzy bass guitars, horns, and a cacophony of other sounds that come together flawlessly in organized chaos. And don’t forget about Mangum’s poetic lyrics. With such staples as “when you were young, you were the king of carrot flowers” and “she was a little boy in Spain, playing pianos filled with flames,” In The Aeroplane Over the Sea’s kaleidoscopic song cycle turns into something otherworldly; but also grounded beautifully on earth.

Check out: The King of Carrot Flowers

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