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Introducing: of Montreal

With a whopping list of 12 studio albums, getting to know of Montreal can be quite a mouthful. Don’t panic! FROST has put together a guide to four of the band’s highlights so you’ll be up to date for their concert at Bremen Teater March 2nd.

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Since 1997, Kevin Barnes and his musical companions have released albums under the name of Montreal. This amounts to almost one album a year and every album with its own unique sound. If you haven’t heard of the band before, the band might seem like an enormous musical mount to climb. Here are four highlights from the band’s career:

’Satanic Panic in the Attic’ (2004)

The energetic opening track ‘Disconnect the Dots’ invites you on board to an album with applaud and imitations of guitar duels. You feel warm, like good friends surround you. This is a beautiful mix of vocal harmonies, schizophrenic Beach Boys vibes and the album is sizzling with creative compositions and ideas, which are brilliantly executed.

’Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer’ (2007)

Let us introduce you to one of the most ambitious and colorful albums of the 00’s. No weak moments here! This is a typical of Montreal album that classically combines bubbling melodies with emotional texts about Kevin Barnes’ separation from his wife (who he later got back together with, however). ’Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse’ is properly the closest the band gets to a regular hit, but the highlight of the album is without a doubt the 12 minutes long ’The Past Is a Grotesque Animal’, where Barnes bares out his soul with ecstatic pounding indie rock.

’False Priest’ (2010)

When this album came out it parted seas. Was it at all okay that this prominent indie band went all in on danceable pop? However, this album is, in hindsight, a refreshing party break where of Montreal fools around with sugary synthesizers and funky slap bass. Numbers like ’Coquet Coquette’ and ’Famine Affair’ are sturdy goodies and with guest appearance from Solange Knowles and Janelle Monáe they reach a charming soul peak.

’Lousy With Sylvianbriar’ (2013)

On their latest opus, Barnes and the rest of the band take you on a journey into American music history. The energetic and infectious song writing of the band fuses with golden country and importunate 60’s boogie rock like The Rolling Stones. Brilliant examples of this are the numbers ‘Fugitive Air’ and the barely concealed melancholic ‘She Ain’t Speakin’ Now’. In other words, it is a revitalized band that you will experience at Bremen Teater March 2.

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