The starting point for Milk Man was a cartoon character created by Japanese artist
Ken Kagami, a longtime friend of Deerhoof vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki. In contrast
to the earnest guitar rock that predominated on their previous album Apple O’, Milk
Man featured a broad palette of orchestral colors, echoes of music theater and camp,
polished and gaudy arrangements, Stravinskian harmonies, and a more stylized,
anonymous playing style resulting partly from recording most of the instruments at
separate times rather than playing together as a band, and partly from many of the
arrangements being created in a computer.