Skeletal Lamping may be bizarre, complicated, and dense, but it's also extremely catchy and packed with slinky grooves that demand a physical response. Instantly ingratiating hooks abound as Kevin Barnes' compositions constantly mutate and shape-shift in ways that defy conventional pop song structure and album sequencing. Nevertheless, the record has its own internal logic, and its many tangents and detours feel entirely intuitive and organic in context. The movements mimic the shapeless, mystifying mingling of thoughts and emotions in the human mind, so even the most deliberately jarring transitions evoke a sudden shift in attention that is recognizable and commonplace, but rarely emulated in mainstream music.
Though of Montreal have never been strangers to expressing sexuality in their music, Skeletal Lamping finds Barnes fully immersed in the topic. Throughout the record, sexuality is presented as a broad continuum encompassing a wide range of experiences, anxieties, emotions and orientations. Barnes openly explores sex and gender roles without insecurity. He attempts to bring all of his fantasies, and terrors, to the surface, so as to better understand the machinery behind them. In Skeletal Lamping, Barnes argues that identity is fluid, malleable, and limited only by one's imagination.
The deluxe gatefold 2xLP on 180 gram vinyl includes printed innersleeves and a limited-edition giant horse die-cut poster.
A1 Nonpareil Of Favor
A2 Wicked Wisdom
A3 For Our Elegant Caste
A4 Touched Something's Hollow
B1 An Eluardian Instance
B2 Gallery Piece
B3 Women's Studies Victims
B4 St. Exquisite's Confessions
C1 Triphallus, To Punctuate!
C2 And I've Seen A Bloody Shadow
C3 Plastis Wafers
D1 Death Is Not A Parallel Move
D2 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
D4 Id Engager