Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Of Montreal
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Released: 05-03-2007

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  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)

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is Of Montreal's 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.

Written and recorded primarily during what he calls "an insane year," Hissing Fauna saw Kevin adopt a new writing style. It was an unabashedly autobiographical attempt from a songwriter whose early material tended towards characters and story-songs. "All the songs and lyrics were written as I was going through this dark period, so it wasn't like I was writing them in retrospect," he says. " I needed something to focus on that was positive, and music's always been that way for me."

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“An astonishingly good late-period record from Of Montreal that's as uncomfortably savage in its depiction of breakup psychology as it is relentlessly catchy.” (Pitchforkmedia)

“With this completely progressive and mature effort, it's clear that Barnes is one of indie rock's most gifted songwriters.” (Alternative Press)

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