Why play it cool? That's how it is.
Of Montreal's latest album is experimental/artsy/arty right down to its title, "Hissing Fauna, are You the Destroyer?" (Think that's bad? Wait until you see the song titles.) The songs are manic, with lyrics like "Come on mood, shift/shift back to good again/come on be a friend" shifting into synth-heavy choruses. The end of the album sounds more like Prince than Bukowski.
The track "A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger" (I warned you about the song titles) is my favorite song so far in this young year. "I spent the winter on the verge of total break/down while living in Norway/I felt the darkness of the black metal bands" plays over the kind of disco beat you could see Madonna doing wrist rolls to a la the "Hung Up" video.
How's THAT for avant garde?
But like some albums that get slapped with the experimental tag, you don't need 10 listens to get into this one. You WILL find something new about it on the 10th listen, though, and well beyond.
If you're a fan of Muse or any of those overblown emo bands, it's time to ditch the Garanamals and get into some big-kid pants.
Of Montreal — Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse (MP3)
Of Montreal — A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger (MP3) (Highly Rec.)
Of Montreal — Cato as a Pun (MP3)