July 8, 2010

of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
indie-pop, psych-pop

At the time of its release, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? really surprised the hell out of me. of Montreal were a band I’d come to consider reliable for releasing solid, “B+” albums year after year, so for them to drop such an awesome album this far into their career was something I would never have expected. Kevin Barnes has earned a place amongst this decade’s best songwriters, with a conceptual magnum opus of depression, fear, confusion, anxiety and post-relationship meltdown, expressed through witty, striking lyricism and of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?bouncing-off-the-walls vocal delivery. The switch to a jittery electro-pop aesthetic was another surprise, and the group deserve kudos for creating their best work under the risk of a major stylistic shift. Sprawling centrepiece “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” is deserving of special mention – the 11 minute cathartic outpouring is easily the most ambitious song the group have ever recorded, and it’s arguably their best.