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The Early Four Track Recordings
Jan 3, 2000

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Essentially of Montreal's first recordings, The Early Four Track Recordings compiles Kevin Barnes' work prior to Cherry Peel.

Don't let the title mislead you -- this album contains some of the best of Montreal songs you will ever hear. The stripped down nature of the recordings allows Kevin's songwriting ability to shine through -- providing insight and depth into his early development and experimentation with the craft.

From its artwork (which features images of psychotic children in chains, mole-birds and bizarre skull creatures) to song titles describing a story involving Dustin Hoffman that is never addressed within the songs themselves, The Early Four Track Recordings is one of of Montreal's more unusual albums -- and also one its most satisfying.


  • 1
    Dirty Dustin Hoffman Needs A Bath (3:23)
  • 2
    Dustin Hoffman Gets A Bath (1:42)
  • 3
    Dustin Hoffman Thinks About Eating The Soap (3:30)
  • 4
    Dustin Hoffman Scrubs Too Hard and Loses Soap (2:09)
  • 5
    Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation To Eat The Bathtub (3:18)
  • 6
    Dustin Hoffman's Wife Comes Home (2:38)
  • 7
    Dustin Hoffman's Wife Seems Suspicious About The Absent Tub (0:58)
  • 8
    Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance of Missing Bathtub (2:23)
  • 9
    Dustin Hoffman's Wife Calls In Detective To Dust For Porcelain Particles On Dustin Hoffman's Tongue (2:19)
  • 10
    Dustin Hoffman's Tongue Taken To Police Lab Where It Is Used As Toilet Paper and Reading Material While On The Toilet (1:13)
  • 11
    Dustin Hoffman Offers Lame Possible Explanation For Missing Bathtub (2:49)
  • 12
    Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes A Sarcastic Remark, Cuts The Head Off A Duck, Places It Where The Tub Was and Begins To Growl (1:27)
  • 13
    Dustin Hoffman Becomes Indignant and Wets Himself (5:09)
  • 14
    Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom and Climbs A Tree (2:24)
  • 15
    Dustin Hoffman's Children Enter The Bathroom (2:47)
  • 16
    Dustin Hoffman's Children Don't Enter The Bathroom (3:50)


As the sappiest, most sugary, and probably most talented group on Kindercore's roster, Kevin Barnes and company have managed to pump out some of the most sickly sweet pop music in my collection.


These three out-of-print releases are compelling reminders of just how great the band was even in its earliest manifestation.

Under the Radar

Kevin Barnes' ingenious bending melodies cut through the lo-fi hiss to showcase a songwriter who already possessed an exceptional grasp of rock song dynamics.

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