- Icons, Abstract Thee
Name = Icons, Abstract Thee
Type = EP
January 23 2007
Recorded = 2006
Length = 21:06
Label = Polyvinyl
Producer = Kevin Barnes
Pitchfork Media(8.0/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/42688-icons-abstract-thee-ep link]
Last album = "
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?"
This album = "Icons, Abstract Thee"
Next album = "
"Icons, Abstract Thee" is an EP from
indie popband Of Montreal. It was released January 23, 2007, along with the album " Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?" and the promo CD single" Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse". It is a collection of songs from recent singles, bonus tracks from the vinyl edition of "Hissing Fauna", and a song that was put up on the band's MySpace page. It can be seen as a bridge between the song "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" and "Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider" from "Hissing Fauna".
The first track, "Du Og Meg", discusses the manner in which lead singer Kevin Barnes and wife Nina met and courted each other. "Voltaic Crusher/Undrum to Muted Da" is about the quickly fading love between the two, a theme present in "Hissing Fauna..." and the only theme in "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal".
The second part of the song, "Undrum to Muted Da", is a short instrumental piece tacked on the beginning of the next song, "Derailments in a Place of Our Own". "Derailments" is a solo acoustic performance that details Kevin's deepest depression in the clearest detail out of all songs from the "Hissing Fauna" sessions. The EP-only track "Miss Blonde Your Papa Is Failing" name checks Kevin's daughter in the title, and is a song explaining the break up as gently as possible to the young Alabee.
"No Conclusion" is the last song on the EP as well as the longest. It is about the suicidal thoughts harbored by Barnes. By the end of the song, the song has changed from a suicide in a physical sense to a suicide in a metaphysical sense (i.e. going into hiding). On his review published by
Pitchfork Media, Rob Mitchum stated that "No Conclusion" would "likely end up as one of 2007's finest musical accomplishments".
# "Du Og Meg" – 2:21
# "Voltaic Crusher/Undrum to Muted Da" – 2:04
# "Derailments in a Place of Our Own" – 3:03
# "Miss Blonde Your Papa Is Failing" – 3:55
# "No Conclusion" – 9:41
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