Of Montreal’s “Lousy with Sylvianbriar” is the band’s 12th studio album and the best received of their last few efforts.
However, even in the releases between the nearly flawless “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?” and Of Montreal’s latest record there have been gems among the aggro-feedback-psych-freakouts.
For more than a decade Of Montreal have been responsible for some incredible songs ranging from stereotypical indie pop to Bowie-esque glam rock. This is a career-spanning list of some of their absolute best work.
1. “It’s Just So”
2. “My British Tour Diary”
This song is bouncy, funny and strange in the way some of the best Of Montreal songs are. It also features unexpected dalliances into bloozey guitar riffs complete with backing cowbell.
3.”Eros’ Entropic Tundra”
As great as funny, quirky Of Montreal songs can be, Kevin Barnes has a penchant for writing songs that perfectly express darker, cynical emotions.”Eros’ Entropic Tundra” is the catchiest representation of the frustrations of unrequited love and the sense of being slowly left behind imaginable.
4. “So Begins Our Alabee”
A self-loathing space-operatic welcoming Barnes’ daughter into the world. The lyrics dedicated to Alabee are saccharine while those concerning Barns are cutting. He just wants to be her, “friendly little abject failure.”
5. “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” the entire album.
This album is amazing. Pain induced from marital hardships inspired the most poignant, self-aware, well-crafted material in all of Of Montreal’s discography. It is also the introduction of Barnes’ alter-ego Georgie Fruit. The entire album flows together as a cohesive piece. Anyone with a spare hour should give it a listen.
6. “Our Riotous Defects”
Fittingly, this song is riotously funny. It chronicles a romance started at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting doomed by insanity.
7. “We Will Commit Wolf Murder”
As tuneful as a jumble of funk, psych-rock and harmonic vocals could possibly be.