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Of Montreal’s tenth release is dominated by glitzy, hooky, synth-funk in the vein of “I Feel Ya’ Strutter,” “Like a Tourist,” and “Girl Named Hello” with Kevin Barnes singing in a skittering multi-tracked falsetto that instantly brings to mind Prince (or a Prince parody). The songs run breathlessly from one glossy jam to the next, occasionally shifting gears as on the guitar-driven “Coquet Coquette” or the bitter ballad “Casualty of You.” It’s sprawling and dense, and chockfull of the oddball, stream-of-consciousness lyrics that Barnes favors. What makes this release different from previous albums is there seems to be a method behind the madness. Barnes is restless but not erratic. The songs are fuller and fleshed out and sound more crafted and less like a frenzied collage of ideas. Many even contain catchy sing-along choruses. Mostly though the album is pure adrenaline fun with a hint of underlying doom — you know the party is nearly over but not quite yet. In the end, False Priest straddles the moment between Saturday night’s cathartic release and the inevitable Sunday morning letdown.

Customer Reviews

They've done it again!

Of Montreal has once again created a unique, exciting, and surprising album. It has the Of Montreal sound I'm used to but with a new sound that makes it interesting. It's really upbeat and fun to listen to. I love it!

It's no Hissing Fauna

I definitely love the uniqueness of the sound and the juxtaposition of harsh lyrics set against upbeat/happy melodies. I was looking for the next Gronlandic Edit or A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger - a complete song; refrain, jam you could listen to over and over. No song stood out as a stand alone in this album.

Hydra Fancies is the best song of Montreal has ever produced

The entire album is lovely of course, but Hydra Fancies just makes this entire album soar to a new level. Get it.


Formed: 1996 in 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, and finally returned home to collaborate with bassist Bryan Helium...
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