Friday, October 1, 2010

Album of the Week: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Of Montreal

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is the eighth album from indie pop band Of Montreal. It was released January 23, 2007.

Track listing:
All songs written by Kevin Barnes.

  1. "Suffer for Fashion" – 2:58
  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

Why I Chose This:

Kevin Barnes is the David Bowie of our generation, using his glam rock lyrics about art, fashion and drugs mixed with song technology engineering available to the new-age producer to come up with Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?. This album took a few listens for me to like it, as the sounds were very different to what I had heard at the time (even only early this year...) - however once I did get a hard on for Barnes' voice then he didn't disappear from my ipod for a while.
Stand-out tracks for me are "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse",  "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal", "Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider", "Faberge Falls fo.." - wait, everything after track 7 is cool lol. According to wikipedia, Barnes transforms into his glam rock alter-ego (Georgie Fruit) during track 7. 
The other reason I chose this album is because BotM hasn't seen an Album of the week for a while now, and I loved the section so much I decided to bring it back.
Get into this album, you won't be let down - and if you are, at least you know that glam rock isn't your thang.

- Russell


  1. The album cover looks cool so that's enough to sway me ha ha!

  2. Usually I would say don't judge an album by it's cover, but I'll make an exception...

    I can bring it with me tonight

  3. I've heard it once. It definitely has a Bowie sound to it. It's a strange album, ill probably give it a few mroe spins in the next few weeks

  4. cool man! yeah it's pretty out there I agree, but I think that's the appeal. It definitely grows on you

  5. I've listened to it twice now.
    Pretty cool. There are a few standout tracks for sure.