Skeletal Lamping

Polyvinyl Record Company
Release date
21 Oct 2008
Running length
15 tracks
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1 Nonpareil of Favor 5:48 83,372
2 Wicked Wisdom 5:15 72,472
3 For Our Elegant Caste 2:39 92,384
4 Touched Something's Hollow 1:25 65,165
5 An Eluardian Instance 4:35 87,844
6 Gallery Piece 3:49 87,530
7 Women's Studies Victims 2:54 60,513
8 St. Exquisite's Confessions 4:41 57,037
9 Triphallus, to Punctuate! 3:24 60,895
10 And I've Seen a Bloody Shadow 3:14 60,377
11 Plastis Wafer 7:11 53,377
12 Death Is Not a Parallel Move 3:01 49,930
13 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants 4:46 55,071
14 Mingusings 5:21 53,829
15 Id Engager 3:26 90,109

About this album

Skeletal Lamping is the title of the ninth studio album by Athens, Georgia-based band of Montreal. Kevin Barnes said about the title: “This record is my attempt to bring all of my puzzling, contradicting, disturbing, humorous…fantasies, ruminations and observations to the surface, so that I can better dissect and understand their reason for being in my head. Hence the title, Skeletal Lamping. Lamping is the name of a rather dreadful hunting technique where hunters go into the forest at night, flood an area in light, then shoot or capture the animals as they panic and run from their hiding places.”

In an interview with Wireless Bollinger in 2007, Kevin Barnes described his concept for the follow-up to Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? as an album composed of hundreds of consecutive short segments ranging from thirty to fifty seconds in length, with the intention that it “feel like one long piece with hundreds of movements.”

In a recent interview with Pitchfork Media, Barnes stated that of Montreal will continue to evolve with Skeletal Lamping:

“Musically, it is sort of all over the place, too. There really isn’t necessarily a sense of continuity there. It’s definitely funkier. It’s maybe developing off of things like “Faberge Falls for Shuggie” and “Labyrinthian Pomp” from Hissing Fauna. It’s kind of moving things in those directions. It’s something that I find exciting, as it’s not something that I’ve really worked with a lot in the past. It still holds some mystery for me. I really feel there is something I can use in that genre. It’s fun for me too because it kind of […] goes against the kind and gentle side of indie rock. Funk music is not like that at all.”

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