Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

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Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Studio album by Of Montreal
Released January 23, 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Experimental pop, art pop, glam rock
Length 51:22 (CD)
68:32 (LP)
Label Polyvinyl
Producer Kevin Barnes
Of Montreal chronology
Satanic Twins
(2006)
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
(2007)
Icons, Abstract Thee
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolutepunk.net link (90%)
Allmusic link 4/5 stars
BBC Collective link 4.5/5 stars
Drowned in Sound link (8/10)
NME link (7/10)
No Ripcord link (8/10)
Pitchfork Media link (8.7/10)
PlayLouder link 4/5 stars
PopMatters link (9/10)
Q Mar 2007, p. 115 4.5/5 stars
Rolling Stone link 3/5 stars
Stylus Magazine link (B+)
URB Jan/Feb 2006, p. 81 4/5 stars

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is the eighth album from indie pop band Of Montreal. It was released January 23, 2007. The album was written, performed, and recorded by Kevin Barnes, with assistance from friends and family: prominent Elephant Six members Bryan Poole, Jamey Huggins and Heather McIntosh, as well as Barnes' wife Nina Twin, and daughter Alabee Blonde. Credits also feature Georgie Fruit, a glam rock alter-ego of Barnes. The album is considered Of Montreal's greatest work by many fans and critics.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

Barnes has described the album as a concept album, detailing his transformation from Kevin Barnes into Georgie Fruit. Georgie Fruit exists as Kevin Barnes' alter-ego, which he will assume for the final half of the album, as well as the two subsequent LPs, Skeletal Lamping and False Priest. According to "Labyrinthian Pomp," Georgie Fruit is a "dark mutation...a black she-male from a demented past time." The transformation takes place during "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," the 12-minute long "turning point" of the album. In addition, the album namechecks many things commonly associated with glam rock, such as drugs, art and fashion; "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" alludes to Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and specifically mentions Georges Bataille's novella Story of the Eye.

Barnes credits his being prescribed antidepressants with the making of the album. "The real issue was a chemical thing, so when I finally got on medication, that balanced it out. So that helped me have a better perspective on things and helped my relationship with my wife and helped me through [the album]."[1] "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse", the album's first single, chronicles his struggle with chemical imbalance and mood disorders.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kevin Barnes.

  1. "Suffer for Fashion" – 2:59
  2. "Sink the Seine" – 1:04
  3. "Cato as a Pun" – 3:02
  4. "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse" – 3:18
  5. "Gronlandic Edit" – 3:24
  6. "A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger" – 4:54
  7. "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" – 11:52
  8. "Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider" – 3:51
  9. "Faberge Falls for Shuggie" – 4:31
  10. "Labyrinthian Pomp" – 3:21
  11. "She's a Rejecter" – 4:02
  12. "We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafling" – 4:57

Bonus tracks on Australian edition[edit]

  1. "She Fell in Love" – 2:21
    • An alternate title for "Du Og Meg", based on the first line of the song.
  2. "Voltaic Crusher" – 2:04

Bonus tracks on double vinyl release[edit]

The double vinyl release of the album contains the twelve tracks on the first three sides. The fourth side contains four bonus tracks, which can also be found on the EP Icons, Abstract Thee.

  1. "Du Og Meg" – 2:21
  2. "Voltaic Crusher/Undrum to Muted Da" – 2:04
  3. "Derailments in a Place of Our Own" – 3:03
  4. "No Conclusion" – 9:42


Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2007 The Billboard 200 72
2007 Billboard Top Independent Albums 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob Mitchum, Please Mr. Pharmacist: The New Breed of Drug Song, Pitchfork, March 12, 2007.

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