Written by Fense
So, Id Engager by Of Montreal (MySpace) isnâ€™t necessarily an album, though it will be categorized as such. Itâ€™s a single. And boy was I excited to see it in a small pile of singles when I was at Everyday Music in Bellingham last week. There it was, sitting precautiously on the counter top as I picked up $50 for selling them a bunch of old crap. I turned right back around and dished out four bucks for the orange-ish wax.
â€œId Engagerâ€ finds Of Montreal, for the most part, continuing where Hissing Fauna left off, but adding a descent dose of disco. In many ways, I find the song more intriguing and honest than several tracks off their last albumâ€”and the B-side follows suit. Then again, I felt the same about â€œSheâ€™s A Rejecterâ€ when I picked up that single in the days before Hissing Fauna originally hit stores.
â€œId Engagerâ€ may have some similarities to that last album, but it is an overall departure from much of their libraryâ€”including much off Faunaâ€”including Sunlandic Twins. By all means, this is not a bad thing; a band without dynamic progressions as time passes quickly becomes stale and Of Montreal would never be that.
The transition into the B-side, â€œAlter Eagleâ€, is flawless. But â€œAlter Eagleâ€ is an obvious B-side, though a viable accomplishment nonetheless. The song follows â€œId Engagerâ€ in the electronic and disco fashion, but has a bit more of the awkwardness Of Montreal likes to throw into their non-singles. Still, toward the end where the song dives into some drone-y guitars, the single concludes on a massive high point.
Yes, itâ€™s another goodie from Of Montrealâ€”and we only have another month to wait for the LP, Skeletal Lamping, hits stores. That album will arrive on October 7.
Of Montreal: Id Engager [mp3]
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Polyvinyl [7″ Single, 2008]
1. Id Engager
2. Alter Eagle