In all honesty, Of Montreal lost me a few albums ago. ‘Hissing Fauna’ was the last album by them that was great beginning to end. So how thrilling is it to receive their latest album, ‘Lousy with Sylvianbriar?’ Very thrilling indeed. It’s exciting when a band you’ve all but abandoned still manages to surprise you with a track that’s a complete left turn from the trajectory they’ve been on for a long time. Listen to lead off track “Fugitive Air” from their latest release and prepare to be stunned at how simple, upfront and downright Skynyrd-esque this track is with its slide guitar:
No, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Of Montreal have rarely ever been mentioned in the same sentence, but it drives home the point of just how refreshing it is to hear them perform some pure, unadulterated rock. Lead singer Kevin Barnes almost sounds like Lou Reed as he cooly spouts out these lyrics, instead of maniacally shrieking them or having an accompany chorus of “ooohs” surrounding them. Enjoy this track and be prepared to welcome Indie giants Of Montreal back into your hearts.
Written By Jarad Matula
OurVinyl | Senior Writer