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Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?


Of Montreal is many things. Of Montreal is one of the stalwarts of the Athens, Georgia pop scene. Of Montreal is the recording and performing project of one Kevin Barnes. And Of Montreal is one of the many bands still in operation with a tie to the loose Elephant Six collective of the late '90s, a group of like-minded bands centered around that incredibly fertile Southern college town (others included Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples In Stereo and Olivia Tremor Cotrol). Of Montreal is not, however, predictable. And therein lies the appeal of a band that, over its past two albums, has exploded from cult appeal to
international popularity.

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is their latest offering and first to be released locally. It's an irresistible and remarkable album, sounding like a logical extension of the erratic indie- disco sounds of their previous long-player, Sunlandic Twins . Recorded as a one-man operation in a tiny Norwegian bedroom and an attic in Athens GA, the album swings from swaggering guitar to moody synths, from exultant sing-along to curious combinations of sounds. Lyrically, you've got boisterous pomp, maddening depression and decadent indulgence. Hissing Fauna is strange, unexpected, entrancing and rewarding. And if not for the tumultuous year that nearly tore Kevin Barnes apart, it never would have existed.

Track Listing:
1. Suffer For Fashion
2. Sink The Seine
3. Cato As A Pun
4. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
5. Gronlandic Edit
6. A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
7. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
8. Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider
9. Faberge Falls For Shuggie
10. Labyrinthian Pomp
11. She's A Rejector
12. We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling
13. She Fell In Love (Bonus Australian track)
14. Voltaic Crusher (Bonus Australian track)