Song: “King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1”
Album: In the Aeroplane Over The Sea
Riding off the amazing and hauntingly beautiful high of seeing one of his rare live performances this year after coming out of hiding last year, today’s song of the day is the lead track from singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum & Co.’s magnum opus In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, title “King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1.”
There is no way to properly describe the profound emotion and intensity of this album. This song starts things off mildly with acoustic strumming before getting increasingly more involved with horns and intense and deeply affecting vocals. The song paints a vivid image of being young, the horror of parents and their worst behavior, as well as the exploration and loss of innocence that comes with maturing.
The song has a timeless feel to it, with sounds that evoke a bygone era yet it sounds fresh and immediate. It’s a track that takes on new meaning and elements with each listen. Want even more incentive to visit this unique piece of music and art? It was written after Jeff Mangum read The Diary of Anne Frank and locked himself in a closet, then wrote the album. Intrigued? You will be.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer