Day 317: of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

11 Jan

Gronlandic Edit

Now that is one terrible name for a record.  Seriously, what was of Montreal thinking?  There is absolutely no reason to ever give an album that ridiculous a title.  That’s about all the hating you’re going to get out of me today, though.  Hissing Fauna’s awesomeness is inversely proportional to the quality of its title.  And yeah, that sentence makes me sound like a pompous asshat, but, 317 days in, I’m a bit past caring.

Indie pop records don’t often come across as groovy.  I know that by using the g-word, I’m giving my dad every reason to force another funk record on me.  While the possibility of sitting through one more of those frightens me quite a bit, it’s a risk that I’m willing to take because of Montreal’s music on this record can be described in no other way.  Just listen to “Gronlandic Edit” if you doubt my assertion.  I can’t tell if it’s a bass or guitar playing that smooth little rhythm section throughout the song, but there’s no denying that it is pretty groove-tastic. Plus, it contains the lyric “physics makes us all its bitches,” one of the best lines in modern music history.

I’ve listened to of Montreal for The Swole before, and was fairly impressed with their ability to put a few really good songs together.  However, that last record was lacking as a whole piece of music.  Fortunately, that’s not the case this time around.  This thing works, as bad as its title is.


One Response to “Day 317: of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?”

  1. Dave Chops January 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    For me, these guys tend to be a bit too precious and self-conscious. A bit like these guys: i might think differently if I could actually listen to the album instead of a few clips out of order. But I doubt it.

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