Of Montreal, of course, isn't of Montreal at all. This will probably be a good thing, once the Arcade Fire-driven Montreal-mania reaches its zenith and the backlash begins. For now, the band sounds quite comfy in its Athens, Georgia home, as evidenced by its latest, The Sunlandic Twins
. The brainchild of loose Elephant 6 affiliate Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal wanders down the dreamy trail that the Talking Heads would have taken, if David Byrne had mind-melded with the Left Bank's "Walk Away, Renee" instead of Afrobeat polyrhythms. Like XTC and Brian Wilson before him, Barnes understands the ominousness of dark lyrics delivered lightly, optimistically -- especially when circus hurdy-gurdies, vaudeville motifs, and happy little synth bloops fill the empty spaces in the background.