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A game of artful dodgeball with Of Montreal

Now, the inspired Of Montreal feeding frenzy is so enormous that it threatens to overtake the boundaries of the usual CDs-and-tours paradigm. The artistic collective is considering branching into other media. "We're talking about starting a very ambitious animation project," Barnes says. "I'm really excited, because it seems like you can do everything at once, and the possibilities are limitless." They're already envisioning the distribution of this latest project over the Internet.

"The hardest part is getting started with the first image, the first sound," Barnes concludes. "A record is much easier. You just write fourteen songs and string them together."

If putting together a record as impressive, masterful, and enjoyable as Satanic Panicis "easy" for Barnes, I can see why he's ready for the challenge of a new medium. Most artists toil for years, attempting to create an album as rich and complete as Panic, and most never succeed.

The elliptical mind of Kevin Barnes (third from left), Of Montreal's eccentric leader, works in mysterious ways
Courtesy of Polyvinyl Records
The elliptical mind of Kevin Barnes (third from left), Of Montreal's eccentric leader, works in mysterious ways

As it turns out, there's only one word that can truly describe Kevin Barnes and Of Montreal: brilliant.

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