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Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
Lamping -- also known as spotlighting or shining -- is a hunting method in which powerful floodlights are used to locate nocturnal animals in the middle of the night. The animals are either picked off or captured as they panic and flee for safety. It's a brutal, terrifying practice, but Of Montreal have adopted the technique -- albeit in a strictly metaphorical sense! -- on their new album, Skeletal Lamping.
Over the course of the record's fifteen tracks, Kevin Barnes, the band's singer and songwriter, shines a light on the deepest, darkest corners of his psyche. He uncovers his freakiest fantasies, revisits his past, and explores seemingly contradictory aspects of his personality. The music is both startling in its specificity and inviting in its universality.
Skeletal Lamping may be bizarre, complicated, and dense, but it's also packed with slinky grooves that demand a physical response. Whereas most contemporary pop music is comprised of instrumental and lyrical phrases that feel so familiar that a listener can practically complete the singer's sentences, the songs on the album are refreshingly non-linear. Instantly ingratiating hooks abound throughout.
01. Nonpareil of Favor
02. Wicked Wisdom
03. For Our Elegant Caste
04. Touched Something’s Hollow
05. An Eluardian Instance
06. Gallery Piece
07. Women’s Studies Victims
08. St. Exquisite’s Confessions
09. Triphallus, to Punctuate!
10. And I’ve See a Bloody Shadow
11. Plastis Wafters
12. Death Is Not A Parallel Move
13. Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
15. Id Engager