I listened to both of these bands a lot last year since they were part of the wave of indie rock that was hitting the hipster community that I was marginally a part of (and that my roomate was hugely a part of and so played them all the time.) I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of these bands, but I like some of their music, but there is definitely something about them that’s kind of weird. I can’t really say what it is. That’s why I’m asking you to help me define it. I realize that The Decemberists and Of Montreal have different styles but they both sort of share the same quirky, light-hearted, intellectual thing.
he Decemberists have this obsession with history and with a certain part of history in particular, the Victorian and Edwardian periods - and Of Montreal has this very gay thing going on, which is also hard to describe but all I can say is that I don’t know many straight boys who are big fans of Of Montreal. There is something about them that’s just kind of musical-theater ish. Whimsical? Maybe that’s the word. I don’t know.
Does anyone else get this vibe from these bands? How would you describe them?