Mary’s Voice is the warmest and most accessible invitation yet into Julian Koster’s world—the culmination of a vision he has been realizing for over a decade. That vision began taking shape in the ’90s, during which time Koster also became a key member of Neutral Milk Hotel and a contributor to The Olivia Tremor Control and other legendary members of the enormously influential Elephant 6 Collective. Since then, Koster (along with long-time collaborator Robbie Cucchiaro on horns) has pushed the boundaries of what audiences have come to expect from an “indie rock” band—staging unique caroling and lullaby tours, performing alongside mechanical contraptions like the 7-Foot-Tall Metronome, and displaying virtuosity on both the singing saw and orchestral banjo. Recorded with The Music Tapes’ signature method of using recording machines of both past (early 1900s, ’30s, ’40s, ’60s) and present to achieve a timeless sound, the album is, in Koster’s own words, “a holiday from what is so often mistakenly called the ‘real world’… In music, time can disappear the way it does in long summer evenings when we’re allowed to go out and play as kids, or afterwards, when exhausted, we dream.”
The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)
Saw and Calliope Organ on Wire
S' Alive (Pt. 1)
The Big Beautiful Shops (It's Said That It Could Be Anyone)
Spare the Dark Streets
To All Who Say Goodnight
Intermission (Pt. 1)
Intermission (Pt. 2)
Go Home Again
S' Alive to Be Known (May We Starve)
Takeshi and Elijah
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