Speculation that Neutral Milk Hotel may release new music in the near future has been sparked by a set of drawings made by frontman Jeff Mangum.
The cult indie band last released an album, the seminal ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’, in 1998, which followed their 1996 debut ‘On Avery Island‘. The Mangum-led band then split up in 1999, before briefly reuniting for a slew of live appearances between 2013 and 2015. Their last recorded material came in 2011, with the ‘Ferris Wheel on Fire‘ EP.
As Pitchfork reports, fans of the band have sparked speculation that Mangum may be gearing up to release new music by noticing messages left on recent drawings that he has sold to the public. As part of a series called the book cipher sings, Mangum has been selling his homemade art (via the Neutral Milk Hotel website) to fans, with numerous pieces appearing to contain hints about the possibility of new recorded material being on the horizon.
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Other Reddit users have also pointed out clues that they’d found in the pieces of art that they’ve bought from the NMH man, with one finding the words ‘double awol bombe‘ on their drawing.
Representatives for the band would not confirm whether new music was incoming.