New Of Montreal MP3: "Id Engager"

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by Larry Fitzmaurice

According to Sigmund Freud, the id represents a personality structure's immediate desires and pleasures, expressed unconsciously. It makes sense, then, that "Id Engager," the final track from Of Montreal's forthcoming long-player, Skeletal Lamping, concerns itself with the engagement of hedonistic impulses. Bandleader and possible schizophrenic Kevin Barnes detailed the fracturing of one's personality through pleasure and pain on last year's disco-tastic Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, and on this skittering, hyper-melodic track, he makes a plea to his constituency: "Ladies/I'm screaming out to you/From the depths of this phallo-centric tyranny."

Soon enough, the wordiness of the cognitive ego gives way to Barnes' true id, as he coos in erotically overlapping falsettos, "I can't help it if it's true/Don't want to be your man/I just want to play with you," in an attitude reversed from Hissing Fauna's conflicted sexual repression.Just when your feet start to hit the sublimely suppressive groove, the track crashes into a disorientingly dreamy shoegaze coda. It's Kevin Barnes' head -- we're all just trying to crawl inside it and hope to stay for a while.

Now Hear This: "Id Engager"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

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