(1998, Drag City)

An American indie-rock gem from 1998, Silver Jews had been kicking around for a few years, mainly notable as a sort-of Pavement offshoot, when they released this rambling ode to the death of the American Dream.

Shambolic and understated, every track on this oozes melancholy, even the album’s more upbeat numbers. It remains a captivating listen.

LISTEN: Spotify

READ: Pitchfork did a really good look back at the album a few years back, and here’s another one from Stereogum.

WATCH: Can’t find much live footage from the time, so here’s a cool video. Enjoy!