of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

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Album Review

Release date: 01 January 2009

of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Tenth from Athens pop alchemists

As if trying to out-emo emo, it’s said Kevin Barnes formed indie-pop dandies Of Montreal after a failed love affair with a girl from Canada. But over the last decade, this Athens, Georgia collective have blossomed from winsome indie-pop virgins to frocked-up future pop stars, beaming their febrile college rock through a kaleidoscope of sleazy funk, electronica jitters, and ‘Fear Of...

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of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?: Wikipedia Album Entry

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is the eighth album from indie pop band of Montreal. It was released January 23, 2007. The album was written, performed, and recorded by Kevin Barnes, with assistance from friends and family: prominent Elephant Six members Bryan Poole, Jamey Huggins and Heather McIntosh, as well as Barnes' wife Nina Twin, and daughter Alabee Blonde. Credits also feature Georgie Fruit, a glam rock alter-ego of Barnes.

Barnes has described the album as a concept album, detailing his transformation from Kevin Barnes into Georgie Fruit. The transformation takes place during "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," the 12-minute long "turning point" of the album. In addition, the album namechecks many things commonly associated with glam rock, such as drugs, art and fashion; "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" alludes to Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and specifically mentions Georges Bataille's novel Histoire de l'oeil.

Barnes credits his being prescribed antidepressants with the making of the album. "The real issue was a chemical thing, so when I finally got on medication, that balanced it out. So that helped me have a better perspective on things and helped my relationship with my wife and helped me through the album." "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse", the album's first single, chronicles his struggle with chemical imbalance and mood disorders.

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