False Priest

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False Priest
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Studio album by of Montreal
Released September 14, 2010
Recorded Apollinaire Rave studio
(Athens, Georgia)
Ocean Way Recording
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Psychedelic pop, synth-funk, contemporary R&B
Length 53:43
Label Polyvinyl
Producer Kevin Barnes, Jon Brion
of Montreal chronology
Skeletal Lamping
False Priest

False Priest is the tenth full-length studio album by indie-pop group of Montreal, released on September 14, 2010 on Polyvinyl Records. Polyvinyl Record Co released the album on CD, Digital, 180gm Red LP, and 180gm Black LP. In addition, Joyful Noise Recordings released a limited edition cassette version of the album. False Priest is the first of Montreal album to ever be released on cassette tape.


On June 25, 2010, the first single, "Coquet Coquette", was released as a free mp3, along with album art and pre-order information on the band's website. On July 7, 2010, the second single, "Hydra Fancies", was released on Somekindofawesome.com


Speaking with Pitchfork Media, front man Kevin Barnes said of the album's sound, "there's a thick R&B influence, so it's cool that we have a lot of deep low end. There's a lot of very dancey, very funky songs... We try to have these 'holy fuck' moments where you're really having your mind blown, especially if you're listening to it on headphones."[1]

The album also features appearances by Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles, and marks the return of organic instruments such as live drums, strings and pianos.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A-)[4]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[5]
Notes On Notes (4/5)[6]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[7]
Spin (9/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Tune (5/5)[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kevin Barnes

No. Title Length
1. "I Feel Ya' Strutter"   3:40
2. "Our Riotous Defects" (feat. Janelle Monáe) 5:15
3. "Coquet Coquette"   3:44
4. "Godly Intersex"   3:31
5. "Enemy Gene" (feat. Janelle Monáe) 3:37
6. "Hydra Fancies"   3:25
7. "Like a Tourist"   4:02
8. "Sex Karma" (feat. Solange) 4:02
9. "Girl Named Hello"   4:14
10. "Famine Affair"   3:49
11. "Casualty of You"   2:59
12. "Around the Way"   4:33
13. "You Do Mutilate?"   6:52


Chart (2010) Peak
US Alternative Albums[11] 11
US Digital Albums[11] 19
US Rock Albums[11] 14


  1. ^ Breihan, Tom (June 17, 2010). "Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes Talks New Album, Tour With Janelle Monáe". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Polyvinyl Record Co. - of Montreal - False Priest". 
  3. ^ Sendra, Tim. "False Priest - Of Montreal - Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 10, 2010). Consumer Guide: False Priest. MSN Music. Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  5. ^ "CoS review". 
  6. ^ Kopcow, Chris. "of Montreal - False Priest review". Notes on Notes. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mitchum, Rob (September 15, 2010). "of Montreal - False Priest". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Spin review". 
  9. ^ Dolan, Jon (September 14, 2010). "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Tune Review". 
  11. ^ a b c http://www.billboard.com/artist/277080/montreal/chart

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