US - Georgia - Full Moon 96 - 07/31/04
Satanic Panic in the Attic
The ever so creative and highly productive Kevin Barnes has put out another album with his Of
Montreal, one of the many groups (well, it's mainly an one-man enterprise) within the extended
Elephant 6 family. Satanic Panic in the Attic (Cool title! I've even got it on devilish
red vinyl!!) hit the streets a few months ago, and must be the...6th album (not counting minis
The multi-instrumental Barnes has done most things himself, but some friends have been around
helping out. Such as Andy Gonzales (Marshmallow Coast) on guitar, Heather McIntosh on cello/backing
vox, and Sara Kirkpatrick on flute/backing vox. Then there's some chorus by Bryan Poole (a.k.a.
The Late B.P. Helium), and Eric and Pete (could that be gents Harris and Erchick off OTC?). Not
to forget Kevin's (Norwegian) wife Nina (who's in Ethnobabes). She's now a full member of Of Montreal
Barnes makes music quite 'British' sounding. Think beat-pop/rock sort of from out of the late
60s (Beatle-beat and Kink-pop, but I also set my mind on the obscure 80s band Monochrome Set now
and then... anyone?). His lyrics are indeed engaging and entertaining stuff. Little stories based
on own experiences it seems (I guess), combined with a sparkling fantasy. As well as true love songs.
Such as "Lysergic Bliss", with the line "Wonder how I'm
managing to smile oh when I can't even pay my rent / Maybe it's because I've finally found my little
tulip my Norge dear". Or the cineast view within "Rapture Rapes The Muses" which opens with
"You hit me so hard like a Wong Kar Wai beginning / I'm
exploding in smiles my equilibrium is spinning".
Satanic Panic... is running over with blissful and/or twisted pop on the slightly psychedelic
side, and is maybe one of the best Of Montreal albums so far. Take the opening "Disconnect the Dots",
or the mentioned "Lysergic Bliss". Or the funny "My British Tour Diary". Then there's the hilarious
and energetically catchy "Chrissy Kiss The Corpse". Or "Spike the Senses". But my biggest fave on
the album is the song "How Lester Lost His Wife"; a smashing popper full of life and power.
Go Of Montreal! Look forward to seing you this fall somwhere in Oslo.
Copyright © 2004 Håvard Oppøyen