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Worth getting into?
Satanic Panic in the Attic is brilliant.
Satanic Panic and Hissing Fauna, go listen, brilliant.
I'm currently in the process of downloading all the albums-are they a bit Neutral Milk Hotel-y?
No, not at all!
Any comparisons would be helpful...
has the loads of obscure instruments thrown in approach of nhm, and features members, but sound wise not really
members of the Elephant 6 collective, but they're probably the most straight up electropop-inclined of that set.
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal off of Hissing Fauna is quite probably the greatest song ever written by anybody, Krautrock + Bowie + the greatest dissection of a relationship ever committed to lyric = 12 minutes of unbridaled genius
thrown all in my face.
I don't care.
i haven't listened to very much of it
a band that have changed A LOT, I'm not so into the pathologically whimisical early stuff, but latterly they've basically traded in extremely inventive electro-glam (prime Prince + most good eras of Bowie is not a bad start point), plus Kevin Barnes has blossomed into one of the greatest lyricists of our day - surreal, witty, ludicrous and breathtakingly, unflichingly honest (Hissing Fauna is kind of a concept album about how he moved to Norway with his wife, freaked out, and left her).
Plus they're so much more ambitious than yr basic indie pop band - check out Barnes' description of the new record, Skeletal Lamping - http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=17161479&blogID=404354189
read this brilliant interview with Kevin Barnes, from You Ain't No Picasso, about the new album:
and jabe sent me "the past is a grotesque animal" and i think i get it now. i might buy hissing fauna
the first album is a lofi indie pop masterpiece, mixture of happy and sad songs but always optimistic and sweet, 2nd album more refined, lots of vocal harmonies and has a really old fashioned sounnd to it that is hard to describe chronicles an unfolding and distinegrating romance, 3rd album the begining of the story telling phase, songs with many characters elaborate narratives and orchestration, 4th album continues this but gets even more complex musically jumping around from segment to segment, 5th album just a straihtforward collection of good songs bit conventionally retro for them, 6th album the begining (or return to) of it becomeing a barnes solo project, less third person songs slight electro influence coming in, 6th album further down the electro path lyrically incomprehensible at times but interesting and some really great vocal effects, 7th album the style of their last few albums really comes together and is taken further, dark subject matter set to stupidly catchy music that goes of on all sorts of tangents, theyre just great.
Another reason they are good is for this track listing:
1. "Dirty Dustin Hoffman Needs a Bath"
2. "Dustin Hoffman Gets a Bath"
3. "Dustin Hoffman Thinks About Eating the Soap"
4. "Dustin Hoffman Scrubs Too Hard and Loses Soap"
5. "Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation to Eat the Bathtub"
6. "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Comes Home"
7. "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Seems Suspicious About the Absent Tub"
8. "Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance of Missing Bathtub"
9. "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Calls in Detective to Dust for Porcelain Particles on Dustin Hoffman's Tongue"
10. "Dustin Hoffman's Tongue Taken to Police Lab Where It Is Used as Toilet Paper and Reading Material While on the Toilet"
11. "Dustin Hoffman Offers Lame Possible Explanation for Missing Bathtub"
12. "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes a Sarcastic Remark, Cuts the Head Off a Duck, Places It Where the Tub Was and Begins to Groan"
13. "Dustin Hoffman Becomes Indignant and Wets Himself"
14. "Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom and Climbs a Tree"
15. "Dustin Hoffman's Children Enter the Bathroom"
16. "Dustin Hoffman's Children Don't Enter the Bathroom"
Too many highlights to even choose one!
he was shown the cd
so far, just Hoffman and Mika...
but someone from the e6 messageboard was in the audience saw it
it'd be more interesting than the hideous, awkward banter about being retarded and Mika looking down his wife's top...
A huge and satisfying back catalogue - their older stuff was more acoustic, and their newer material more psychedelic - you'll never hear a better psychedelic/glam/krautrock record about one man's mental and romantic breakdown over a Norway summer than Hissing Fauna... It's such an incredible album, bitchy, cynical, scorned, funky (in the good sense of the word), paranoid and utterly danceable. Satanic Panic In the Attic is great, as are the Early Four Track Recordings (Dustin Hoffman-centric)...other good individual songs - Rapture Rapes the Muses (incredible track with traces of Bollywood and vocal lilts of early Blur), Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games, Chrissie Kiss the Corpse, Come Disconnect the Dots...
So pretty much, YES. Start with Hissing Fauna and work backwards, I'd say. Or maybe The Sunlandic Twins, Satanic Panic in the Attic, then Hissing Fauna, and then look at their really early stuff. Those first three are the most consistent representations of how they've got to their current sound, I reckon. And then download their new single ID Engager from Pitchfork.
hissing fauna is one of the most consistently exceptional albums ever created. every minute something fucking incredible happens that makes you slap yourself for not having gotten into it earlier
and it is very good