of Montreal
Id Engager
Sep 9, 2008

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of Montreal's critical breakthrough Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? landed on over 30 major year end lists including Paste, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Associated Press.

A year later, of Montreal released Skeletal Lamping -- another critically acclaimed album that found the band experimenting with everything from traditional song structures to traditional album packaging.

"Id Engager" is the debut single from Skeletal Lamping. This limited pressing 7" includes an exclusive non-album B-side.


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    Id Engager (3:25)
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    Alter Eagle (2:36)


Kevin Barnes shrieks and howls when the spirit moves him, and then turns on the purr for the whisper-soft "Ooo...Ah..." background vocals, while the bubbling music has the lush feel of a Tom Moulton mix.  "Id Engager" is both satisfying on its own and an intriguing teaser as to where of Montreal will go next.


Just when your feet start to hit the sublimely suppressive groove, the track crashes into a disorientingly dreamy shoegaze coda. It's Kevin Barnes' head -- we're all just trying to crawl inside it and hope to stay for a while.


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