The Fruit That Ate Itself by Modest Mouse

Seattle area darlings and ground floor members of the indie rock sound Modest Mouse wouldn’t hit commercial success until 2004’s “Float On”, but what could be called their truest sound happened in the late 90’s. This was Modest Mouse’ third EP, and the first with major critical reach.

A lot of reviewers, including Pitchfork (include link), find this to be a special EP from before the internet and Bandcamp. This EP is certainly more abrasive than the group’s more popular work, but is widely acknowledged as being emblematic of 90’s indie rock. The freedom the label K Records gave them allowed this sound to come through, and this EP refined it to what works ahead of their initial breakthrough album, The Lonesome Crowded West. A Japanese version included songs from their first EP, Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect? from 1994.


The only part of this record worth a note is the typography and sleeve design. The lettering on the front and where song titles are listed.

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