Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl Records; January 2007)

B000KWZ94U.01._AA170_SCLZZZZZZZ_V45794698_.jpgIndie quintet Of Montreal – who are, by the way, from Georgia – has returned for round eight in the form of Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? The name of this album sums it up pretty well. It has no discernible meaning aside from whatever impression you get from first glance, and if you don’t appreciate that, then in all likelihood you won’t appreciate the music. Perpetuating the lo-fi, cartoony sound that is the hallmark of the Elephant Six group, Hissing Fauna sports beeping Pac-man sounds, droll lyrics, and sing-along choruses, such as that in the first track, “Suffer for Fashion.” 427px-Myspaceom.jpeg There is, however, a sombre undertone to a few of the tracks. On “A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger,” frontman Kevin Barnes sings, “I spent the winter on the verge of a total breakdown while living in Norway.” But with carnival sound effects and dizzy instrumentals in the background, the intended effect on the listener is just not clear. Pick it up if you’re a fan, but newcomers be warned.

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