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The long player In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was a definitive release. It’s lo-fi and not easy to listen to, but you can hear greatness as the dynamics evolve from track to track. I feature one song, but the album really needs to be listened to in its entirety. Jeff Mangum’s edgy vocals, the surreal lyrics, the psychedelic instrumentals and those blissful horns are all remarkable. Beirut, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Okkervil River et al would take note. The title track’s “beautiful face” is that of Anne Frank, the reference point for the whole album – so it’s all pretty gothic too.