Last week, the much anticipated documentary “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” arrived at my house. The movie follows the story of Kevin Barnes band, of Montreal and captures the early days of his youth to the production of his most recent album.
“THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist – of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question – is this really worth it?”
It confirmed a lot of my beliefs about the band and delivered a hard blow about all the sadness that goes into making such amazing music. I would consider Kevin as the most innovative and talented lyricist and musician of the last two decades. I find it really hard to convince people to listen to of Montreal. Typically my friends find one song fantastic but don’t bother looking into all twelve albums. So, here is of Montreal for dummies, a list of songs to awaken your inner emo weirdo.
(Young Froth/ Taypiss) I listened to this album religiously last year. Everyday walking to and from school I would be trying not dance and sing while listening to these songs.
The Party’s Crashing Us
Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games
(The Sunlandic Twins) The songs are awesome. Wraith… was used in an Outback Steakhouse commercial so it’s obviously marvelous.
Chrissie Kiss The Corpse
My British Tour Diary
Rapture Rapes The Muses
(Satanic Panic In The Attic) I love this album. It’s hilarious but also dark. A song about necrophiliac Chrissie and another about Brit Pop Haley.
We Will Commit Wolf Murder
Icons, Abstract Thee is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. My dad used to play this album everyday at dinner time. Have a listen and get back to me about how messed up that is.
Enemy Gene (Featuring Janelle Monae)
Sex Karma (Featuring Solange Knowles
(Daughter of Cloud)
Pancakes for One
A Question for Emily Foreman
Jigsaw Puzzle is a record store day single, but it also came with a remix of Triumph of Disintegration by Yip Deceiver which is equally awesome.
I Was Watching Your Eyes
Just Recently Lost Something Of Importance
(The Bedside Drama A Petite Tragedy)
Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
For Our Elegant Caste
Bunny Ain’t No Kind Of Rider
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
Suffer For Fashion
(Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?) I listened to Suffer for Fashion all the time when I was ten and still adore this record.
Lousy With Sylvianbriar is the newest of Montreal album and every single song is gold.
So there you have it. Now google that shiz.
Me and Kevin