Arguably the breakout band of Athens, Georgia's Elephant 6 collective, Of Montreal is essentially American songwriter Kevin Barnes plus an assorted collection of backing artists. Mining the melodic, mildly psychedelic vein of the White Album-era Beatles, Barnes composes striking short-form tone poems that, despite some rather downcast lyrics, manage to be catchy, upbeat, and utterly unique. Often charting in the U.S. since 2007's breakthrough Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Of Montreal's albums reflect an expanding list of stylistic influences, integrating glam, roots rock, New York punk, and more into complex, sometimes intensely personal creations. ~ Rovi Staff
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