These guys are weird
Skeletal Lamping, Of Montreal's follow-up to last year's outstanding Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, made its way on to the internet today, and it's a worthy follow-up that may even outpace its celebrated predecessor.
The actual sound of Skeletal Lamping is pretty comparable to Hissing Fauna. It's still Of Montreal's particular brand of weird, arty, pop. It kind of sounds like listening to a 1970s cartoon. What this album doesn't have is anything as instantly catchy as some of the best songs on Hissing Fauna ("Heimdalsgate as a Promethean Curse" or "A Sentence of Sorts in Koningsvar.") But that's okay - what it lacks in immediacy it makes up for in ambition. This is main dude Kevin Barnes' epic, and if it's not an actual "concept album," it's certainly got a unifying theme to it - specifically, just about all of the songs are about sex, and they manage to get their point across in about the least subtle way imaginable. Sample lyric: "I want to know what it's like to be inside you." And that's one of the tamer ones.