The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? (Alien 8 Recordings, 2003)
It's difficult for me to overstate how much I loved this record when it came out, and harder still to overstate how well it's aged. Coming off a several year high of excellent Elephant 6 albums, I was primed for this and it came about at the exact right time for me. This CD lived in my car for months and I would proselytize for it weather you wanted to hear about it or not.
There is something timeless and wonderful about this which likely speaks to why I loved it so much 13 or 14 years ago and why, when we slapped this on the turntable a few days ago, it was just as fun and fresh as ever. It seems as fresh and new today--I'm still hearing things on the record I'd never noticed before--as it did the first time. It's timeless, it could've just as easily been a product of 60s hippie acid freaks or 80s college rock shut-ins or British pop worshippers as it was three twee Québécois.
This vinyl treatment does this album nothing but favors. The size of the release let's the hand hewn aesthetic shine, it's believable at this size that the band or their kid siblings spent hours hand scribbling each sleeve. The bubble gum pink vinyl is literally the only color it could be, nothing else would be both gaudy and precious enough. And the Ready/Not Ready sides wink and nudge at the albums playful musings on and concerns with death, ghosts, and legacies.
I can't recommend this enough. If you've never heard this record stop reading this and go buy a copy. Don't YouTube it, don't Spotify, buy a physical copy of this gorgeous record. If you haven't listened to it in a while, go, listen, love again.
Standout tracks - "I Don't Wanna Die," "Ready to Die," "Tuff Ghost," "I Was Born (a Unicorn)"
RIYL: #ofMontreal, #NeutralMilkHotel, #ApplesinStereo, #Beatles