Skeletal Lamping

Polyvinyl Record Company
Release date
21 Oct 2008
Running length
15 tracks
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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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  • CureVaNiNawl

    i always stuck the fuck by this masterpiece

    27 Oct 8:43pm Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    OK, this is just amazing

    29 Jul 11:37am Reply
  • notquitegonzo

    First listen and I found it - Completely demanding my attention and curiosity. [2] Now, it is easily amongst top tier AMAZING...

    24 Jun 2:35am Reply
  • electrobaboon

    The kind of album you don't really want to play around other people

    1 Jun 9:43am Reply
  • XDRory

    This is what NSFW sounds like.

    21 Mar 8:54pm Reply
  • Numbelvis

    This is a great fucking album. Georgie said that..

    21 Mar 4:46am Reply
  • JakeR3000

    First listen and I find it, like, brilliant? Completely demanding my attention and curiosity

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    Some days I adore this, some days I really hate it. Just one of those albums probably.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • HerFriendGoo

    damn, still prefer this to hissing fauna

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • cosmogramma

    Definitely my favorite of Montreal album [2]

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • WhatsADick4 <--- best poster ever to come with a vinyl <3

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • garebear4evr

    I couldn't stop listening to this album for about 2 years in high school, and I can always come back to it and I just love it. I can see why it would be hard for people to immediately love this, it's pretty out there haha

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Was definitely a grower. I liked parts the first few times I heard it. Now all of it is brilliant. Very close to Hissing Fauna.

    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • matt1337c

    First Listen: This is so fucking messy. 2/5 stars Fourth Listen: This is so fucking messy. 4/5 stars

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
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    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Pastiche1

    Impossible to rank oM albums, but this is a masterpiece like all the others. It's definitely in my top five if I was forced to subscribe to that.

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • theboredone

    It's grown on me, AT LAST!

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • janelesque

    These comments about finally liking/getting into this album makes me want to try listening to this again.

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • hero486

    Favorite album for sure

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • fifteen-blows

    Definitely a lot better than I remember it being back when it first came out.

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
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