of Montreal
The Sunlandic Twins
Apr 12, 2005

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Hailing from Athens, of Montreal have carved their own niche -- establishing themselves as a uniquely twisted band that thrills fans with compelling live performances, delights critics with their constant innovations and refinements, and continually showcases their musical evolution that culls together influences as varied as Brian Eno, Television and Prince.

The follow-up to of Montreal's breakthrough album, Satanic Panic in the Attic, The Sunlandic Twins is one the band's most cohesive and adventurous records.

As of Montreal's principal songwriter Kevin Barnes puts it: "The album plays out like an electro pop opera, although no lorgnette is required. The Sunlandic Twins begins buoyant and opalescent, traversing a labyrinthine Neptune, and climaxing in a blackout darkness one only discovers in warm solitude."


  • 1
    Requiem for O.M.M.2 (2:19)
  • 2
    I Was Never Young (3:30)
  • 3
    Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games (4:15)
  • 4
    Forecast Fascist Future (4:22)
  • 5
    So Begins Our Alabee (4:15)
  • 6
    Our Spring Is Sweet Not Fleeting (1:02)
  • 7
    The Party's Crashing Us (4:53)
  • 8
    Knight Rider (1:06)
  • 9
    I Was A Landscape in Your Dream (3:05)
  • 10
    Death of a Shade of a Hue (2:54)
  • 11
    Oslo in the Summertime (3:21)
  • 12
    October is Eternal (3:58)
  • 13
    The Repudiated Immortals (2:18)
  • 14
    Art Snob Solutions (3:23)
  • 15
    The Actor's Opprobrium (2:36)
  • 16
    Keep Sending Me Black Fireworks (3:28)
  • 17
    Everyday Feels Like Sunday (3:18)
  • 18
    Family Noveau (2:21)


Feels like a surprise party that could make a broken-hearted birthday boy smile.

Alternative Press

The Sunlandic Twins ultimately seems to showcase what of Montreal is and always indeed has been capable of: making a great record.

Athens Herald

[Barnes'] songs are intoxicating pop nuggets, fueled by killer hooks and peppered with witty, winkling lyrics.


Brings the listener on yet another magic-carpet ride.


Yet another release packed to the gills with enough psychedelic charm to win over even the most diehard Sgt. Pepper look-alike.


Psych-pop for the dance floor.

Under the Radar

Kevin Barnes has delivered a magnificent pop masterpiece.

Punk Planet

It's a darker, more paranoid effort than their previous releases, but one that shimmers with wit and imagination.

Austin Chronicle

The Sunlandic Twins is filled with falsetto vocals, galloping bass lines, and enough pop sweetness to cause tooth decay.


With its operatic choruses, inventive songwriting, and charming melodies, The Sunlandic Twins is of Montreal's most ambitious record to date.


Kevin Barnes is the King Midas of indie rock; every project he's involved in is just beautiful. This album is no exception to the rule.

Wonka Vision

Mr. Barnes writes creepy-catchy tunes that get both your heels thumping.

Dallas Morning News

The Sunlandic Twins, could have easily fit in amongst the new wave sounds that made The Cure and Devo famous.

Chicago Sun Times

This year's award for the most confounding blend of musical genre's goes to of Montreal. The band carefully mixes its trademark gorgeous Victorian 60's pop.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A collection of lush, bright, and funny songs with an enduring glow.

Houston Chronicle

Kevin Barnes is a master of absorbing decades of music and putting a modern spin on vintage sounds for an interpretative, not purely imitated result.


An evocative acid trip with layovers in sunny '60s pop, dense '70s prog, and 80's new wave... fueled by killer hooks and peppered with witty, winking lyrics.


Discoish post punk straight outta M's "Pop Muzik" territory, Ziggy Stardust glam and psychedelic prog rock while elsewhere are nods to Brian Wilson, Prince, Queen, and 80's new wave.


Imagine if !!! were to trim down the intense jams and adopt light vocal harmonies a la the Shins.


An avant-garde dance explosion.

LA Weekly
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  • Requiem for O.M.M.2 (2:18)
    Kirby McClure and Julia Grigorian
  • Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games (3:09)
    Lauren Gregg & Craig Sheldon
  • So Begins Our Alabee (3:14)
    Ryan Sterritt

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