For ten years since their emergence from the Athens, Georgia-based Elephant 6 Collective in 1997, leader Kevin Barnes and his performing outfit Of Montreal had been delivering all manner of bright, joyous indie-pop, usually focusing on humorous, Kinksian third person or alter ego character studies.
Personal confession was not part a big part of the Of Montreal equation.
But then in the mid-aughts, around the successful release of 2005's celebratory The Sundlandic Twins, Barnes went through a very dark period.
Status: Highest Recommend.
Cherry Picker's Best Bets: Suffer For Fashion, A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger, The Past Is A Grotesque Animal, Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider, We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling.
Here's the video for one of the album's funkiest and calmest moments, Gronlandic Edit, which incorporates the distinct artwork that the band has utilized since its beginnings in 1997.
1. Suffer For Fashion - 9
2. Sink The Seine - 8
3. Cato As A Pun - 8
5. Gronlandic Edit - 9
7. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal - 10
8. Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider - 9
9. Faberge Falls For Shuggie - 9
10. Labrinthian Pomp - 6
11. She's A Rejecter - 9
Intangibles: Very High.
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