On Disc: Of Montreal

Album: Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? by Of Montreal

Of Montreal
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Polyvinyl Records

3.5 stars

Of Montreal’s unique dance-indie infusion is an acquired taste.

Its new release, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, maintains The Sunlandic Twins’ energetic feel. It’s impossible not to dance while listening to it.

The synthesized, layered instrumentation and lead singer Kevin Barnes’ dreamy vocals mix terrifically. The background music is so robust a pair of good headphones are required. The layers create an easy-listening experience.

There are moments when Barnes’ voice becomes extremely annoying. Apparently, there are great lyrics on this album, but they’re impossible to decipher.

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is fresh with unique instrumentation and worth checking out.

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