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Editors’ Notes

Of Montreal’s previous recordings encompassed a wide range of expression: carnival weirdness, ‘60s rock, theatrical pop, psychedelic dreamscapes ...  musical compositions both silly and sublime dotted their landscape. It wasn’t until their sixth full-length release, Satanic Panic In the Attic, that critics were willing to lavish praise across the board. Kevin Barnes has a firm grasp of all things pop, and though only a handful of tracks here have hooky choruses that allow the songs to really stand apart, one gets the feeling the songs are hook-laden, and that’s a feat in itself. Barnes is a master of melody, and he’s smoothed out any past imperfections creating songs that feel polished and sure-footed. An ethereal, airy quality in Barnes’ vocals lifts tracks like “Dis-connect The Dots” and “Lysergic Bliss” into the clouds, while other songs playfully bounce from style to style:  “Will You Come And Fetch Me” moves from tic-toc percussion and twinkling xylophone to swaying violins and on to breezy guitars in under two minutes; “Chrissie Kiss The Corpse” blends faintly Caribbean guitar rhythms with a jaunty pop rock arrangement. Satanic Panic is a real panoply of pop-art color.

Customer Reviews


Of montreal defines low-fi indie pop...this is easily their best cd all the songs blend together perfectly, and you can just play them on replay and never get sick of them.

heh hippie music

total hippie music. LUB IT! Bouncy fun and exciting...makes me happy and bubbly. :] <3 Get it. Tis worth your bucks. xoxo

AHHH chu

Greatest album i've heard in years. I was skeptical when I had heard of them through word of mouth. However, when I saw them in concert, they made the hipsters of Philly shake about. Then I bought the record and I can't stop listening to it. Great tunes guys.


Formed: Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The brainchild of singer/guitarist Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal was among the second wave of bands to emerge from the sprawling Elephant 6 collective. A native of Athens, Georgia, Barnes was inspired to form the euphoric indie pop group in the wake of a broken romance with a woman from Montreal. He signed with Bar/None Records while living in Florida, subsequently moved to Cleveland and Minneapolis in search of compatible bandmates,...
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