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Of Montreal - Aureate Gloom

by Brian Lange. Rating:7 Release Date:2015-03-03

It is amazing to think that Of Montreal has been making music since the late 90s. And they’re not from Montreal, and they’re definitely not post-rock. Far from it. 

They formed in the southern town of Athens, Georgia. This may seem like a place completely off the map, but Athens boasts groups like R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, The B-52’s, Widespread Panic, and the Indigo Girls amongst others. 

Generally regarded as indie-rock, Of Montreal use a lot of formulaic pop, funk, and psychedelic rock to create their dancey punk noise. Though the aim is to represent a lo-fi sound, it is evident that this record is quite well produced. The professional quality makes for a respectable representation (because 'selling out' is the stupidest term to come out of the music industry). 

Bands that come to mind are Does It Offend You, Yeah?, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and DFA 1979. It really is fun and energetic music that the hipsters and scenesters will gobble up.  There isn’t anything particularly unique about this record. but that doesn’t make it bad. Some people want the same formulaic sound they are familiar with and which makes their genre of choice what it is. 

This album doesn’t have any real stand-outs, and it is not incredibly memorable. Surely this will make the rounds on people’s iPods for a time but ultimately it will probably just meld into the stratosphere with the rest of them. Still, a fun little record to pop on at your loft-costume-dance-party.

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