Five Star By Kevin Barnes
- Words: Ken Taylor
On Of Montreal's "My British Tour Diary," from the Athens, GA-based psych-pop band's 2004 album, Satanic Panic in the Attic, frontman Kevin Barnes complains about London cab drivers playing "the most truly repellent techno music ever made." But it's clear from the crooked beats, wild synths, and disco rhythms that permeate Of Montreal's latest opus, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, that Barnes has got plenty of love for techno's founding fathers. Here, he waxes poetic on the electronic music pioneers who have influenced his sound.
1. Brian Eno
The culture god's godfather of ambient music. The flaming beast of the glam art scene. The wet nightmare for the bourgeoisie. The totem animal for all who care about keeping the heart in the head. The gilded-feather altar from which freaky high births occur at random.
2. Pierre Henry
Creaking-door effect to the pantomime of modern ages. Soul brother to pedantic subverters. Gift of wisdom for nocturnal plasmic creatures. Saltine wafer disturber for virgin palettes and, what's more, a lot of fun to try and dance to. Ageless, raceless, sexless.
3. Raymond Scott
Un-insane genius. Inventor of glass frequencies that can't be operatically destroyed by hairy sub-evolutionists. Friend to the womb and casket. Comrade to the illiterate meditation rooms populated by demi-glace mustache designers and anti-depressant children of no age.
4. Arnold Dreyblatt
Hyperactive, bounceable, anti-gravity, trampoline, parachute salvation music. The sound of moondog alien anxieties and reverse-pale-fantasy labyrinths. Grey pleasures and honeyed lotion solutions to improper dilemmas. Hero to the calm water sensitives and bathers of Olympia.
5. La Monte Young
A post-thought genius of Duchampian glory. Non-Mormon Fluxus celebrations depriving the growling beast nature of its poison. Drones that deliver the message of the unending shattering and reformation of an untouchably cosmic salvation.
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