Missing Of Montreal's Hisses

I had this CD for a while now and it took some time to actually form opinions about it. No, this isn’t about the The Arcade Fire‘s latest, rather Of Montreal‘s release, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?. The first time I listened to it in its entirety, it was a very difficult listen only because its so evidently rich and multi-faceted. Recently, I’ve been playing it repeatedly and now I think that Kevin Barnes is taking you on one great LSD trip without the lows. It is psychedelic, indie-pop that alludes you to feel an outer-body experience, or maybe it just makes you feel doing a dorky-dance. “A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger” is one of those tracks that forces your body to move, the minimum movement being a head nod. “Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse” has elements of intensity and softness throughout. The intellectual song titles often reflect the dept and experimental growth within the album – it’s very much a conceptual album, that is every bit as amazing as Satanic Panic in the Attic and The Sunlandic Twins. “We Are Born With the Mutants Again With Leafling” closes the album in a subdued manner yet maintains that level of psychedelia. It is embellished in the most diverse sounds and is so very well composed.

Rating:

From Satanic Panic in the Attic:
[MP3] Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots

From Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?:
[MP3] Of Montreal – A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
[MP3] Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit

Hissing Fauna Album Cover

Kevin Barnes’ brother, David, was the creative genius behind the new (and all) album Of Montreal cover(s). And I must say, it’s quite a design for a CD cover. Opening like a flower, it suggests an invitation into the their music which is quite an experience. The similar patterns on the cover are trippy, yet the overall cohesion within the album makes it rather a simple design. The only issue I have is the illegibility of the thank-you text on a separate card.

Out on the 5th March on Popfrenzy Records.

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