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Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Jan 23, 2007

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of Montreal has been on a tear as of late: releasing two acclaimed albums (2004's Satanic Panic In The Attic and 2005's The Sunlandic Twins), all the while spreading its dance party-inducing live shows to the masses.

Now, with Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, of Montreal has created its masterpiece. It is an irresistible and remarkable album, sounding like a logical extension of the erratic indie-disco sounds of The Sunlandic Twins.

However, Hissing Fauna is also the most personal of Montreal album to date, with Kevin Barnes, lead of Montreal songwriter, pouring tremendous amounts of emotion, heartbreak, frustration and elation into its twelve tracks.

Written and recorded primarily during what he calls "an insane year," Hissing Fauna sees Barnes adopt a new writing style. It's an unabashedly autobiographical attempt from a songwriter whose early material tended towards characters and story-songs.

Barnes continues down the whimsical pop funk path, while changing up its lyrical scope; and Hissing Fauna balances its poppy nature while showcasing brutal and unflinching honesty.

#5 /Top 50 Albums of the Year – PITCHFORK
#7 /Top 10 Albums of the Year – UNDER THE RADAR
#9 /Top 10 Albums of the Year - ASSOCIATED PRESS
#9 /Top 10 Albums of the Year - CANADIAN PRESS
#10 /Top 10 Albums of the Year - NPR ALL SONGS CONSIDERED
#11 /Top 20 Albums of the Year – MAGNET
#13 /Top 100 Songs of The Year – “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal” - PITCHFORK
#20 /Top 40 Albums of the Year - SPIN
#27 /Top 50 Albums of the Year – HARP
#31 /Top 100 Albums of The Year – PASTE
#41/Top 50 Albums of the Year - ROLLING STONE
#1 /Top 10 Indie Pop Albums of the Year – POPMATTERS
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#18 /Top 50 Albums of the Year – TREBLEZINE
#21 /Top 60 Albums of the Year – POPMATTERS
#23 /Top 50 Albums of The Year – PREFIX
#27 /Top 50 Albums of the Year - STYLUS

#4 /Top 50 Live Acts of the Year – STEREOGUM
#5 /Top 50 Albums of The Year - STEREOGUM
#6 /Top 50 Videos of the year, "Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse" - STEREOGUM
#8 /Top 25 Albums of the year – PITCHFORK
#15 /Top 25 Songs Of The Year – “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse” - PITCHFORK
#16 /Top 20 Albums of the Year – NPR

#2 /Top 10 Albums of The Year - CLEVELAND FREETIMES
#4 /Top 10 Albums of The Year - DENVER POST
#5 /Top 10 Albums of The Year - MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAGES
No Rank /Top Albums of the year – LA TIMES

Ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable.


Kevin Barnes has made his masterpiece.


A major leap forward, with a wide range of raw emotion and musical integrity.

Soundcheck Magazine

[Of Montreal]'s best to date.

Rolling Stone

Our favorite psychedelic pop geniuses

Rolling Stone

The band's eighth and quite possibly oddest offering to date, which also happens to be their finest.


With this completely progressive and mature effort, it's clear that Barnes is one of indie rock's most gifted songwriters

Alternative Press

Turn to any song on Hissing Fauna and you land on a winner.


This is a cohesive, serious album.  It is distressing, depressed, isolated, alienating, and probably the best Of Montreal album to date.


One of the most important releases of 2007.


This time Of Montreal's music revolves around a staple of loners in studios: synthesizers, used mostly for synth-pop that looks back to the 1970s and 1980s but is warped with shifty structures and skipped beats that could trip up unwary dancers. The album's centerpiece is the 12-minute "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," pulsating steadily in a spiral of self-laceration. Manic pop and depressive revelations have rarely been so closely bonded

NY Times

...Barnes embraced dance music and computers simultaneously, but he kept Of Montreal's aura post-punk — makeshift and tending toward extremes. It's this mix of little quirks and big beats that makes Hissing Fauna so much fun. But it's the way Barnes pushes himself, both to tell the truth and to try new things, that lends these songs a heavier, more compelling edge than most contemporary baroque-pop.

LA Times

The result is an album as harrowingly savage in its depiction of breakup psychology as it is inexhaustibly replayable.


The band's playful musicality is undeniable.

Entertainment Weekly

Hissing Fauna might be an album of ego trips, but at least Barnes is on the good stuff.


[WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT/ MUSIC] We also enjoyed the psychedelic power pop of Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? from Of Montreal, a band that's actually from Athens, Georgia.


Kevin Barnes bag of tricks once again sparkles with chirping guitars and synths larger than the songs themselves.

Black Book

These sweetly twisted sing along songs are slick and full of kick ass beats that slide into falsetto laden crescendos when you least expect them.


Though its Studio 54 flittering and Barry Gibb-borrowed falsettos may suggest otherwise, Fauna is Of Montreal's first heartbroken record, an inexorable comedown from years spent gleefully raping the muses.


Like Bowie, Pulp or perhaps Prince circa Around The World In A Day, Barnes composes emotive insistent pop- rhythm and mood shifts studded with outsider perspective/paranoia.


Hissing travels deeper down Barnes' Eno-lution, exploring first a 12 minute Kraut-rock juggernaut of a track, then full-on funk freak outs.


[Hissing Fauna] is presented as a diptych of sorts, with its first half evoking a winter landscape with a bold, constantly shifting palette of synthetic tones and textures; the second shifts into delirious color-saturated funk that comes off like a cross between Sly and the Family Stone and the Beatles circa Magical Mystery Tour.

Hit Refresh/ ASAP

On Hissing Fauna, the band achieves a soulfulness all its own

Creative Loafing

This blissful indie pop needs to be heard as this band's records continue to sweeten with age.

Denver Post

It's a challenging yet ultimately rewarding album.

All Music Guide

The album sounds amazing

Delusions of Adequacy

An extraordinary record.


It's all darkly beautiful, because Barnes continues to emote more through the music than through his words.

The Onion

His gifts remain undiminished.


Barnes's most personal and emotional album to date.


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 Music-style Talking Heads ethno-beat.


If there is one thing in this world that can elevate even the weakest of lyrics from the trough of personal diary hell, it's a catchy melody. Thankfully this record overflows with them.

Drowned in Sound

Hissing Fauna, the follow-up to 2005's trippy The Sunlandic Twins, is for the most part an exercise in Prince-like electro-funk, full of squelchy keyboard fuzz and chicken-scratch guitar noise and absurdly complicated falsetto harmonies. You wouldn't think this proudly eccentric manchild would muster much as a new recruit in the Department of SexyBack. But you'd be wrong.

Boston Phoenix

Flat-out great...Barnes spends 12 songs wringing blood from his broken heart and singing about it with inscrutable joy; it's intense, powerful stuff.

CokeMachine Glow
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    Suffer For Fashion (2:58)
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    Sink The Seine (1:04)
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    Cato As A Pun (3:02)
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    Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse (3:18)
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    Gronlandic Edit (3:24)
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    A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger (4:56)
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    The Past Is A Grotesque Animal (11:53)
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    Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider (3:51)
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    Faberge Falls For Shuggie (4:31)
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    Labyrinthian Pomp (3:21)
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    She's A Rejecter (4:02)
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    We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling (4:58)
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    Du Og Meg (2:21)
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    Voltaic Crusher/Undrum To Muted Da (2:04)
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    Derailments in a Place of Our Own (3:03)
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    No Conclusion (9:42)
  • Suffer For Fashion (3:03)
    Sigrid Astrup
  • Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse (3:22)
    The Brothers Chaps