The turning point in the evolution of Kevin Barnes from a simple Athens indie-pop songwriter to wildy successful figurehead of the Elephant 6 musical collective came with 2004's Satanic Panic in the Attic: after years of turmoil with band members, lineups, and relationships, he found himself with material but nobody to play it. He instead spent his time tweaking computerized arrangements, and the marked dancefloor shift that resulted was a massive hit that inspired even more isolated digital compositions on The Sunlandic Twins and Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, the latter of which contained his all-time high point, the 12-minute epic "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal." His upcoming album "False Priest," however, will feature a number of interesting collaborations – space-angel R&B singers like occasional performance buddy Janelle Mon¡e and Beyonc©'s indie-rocker little sis Solange, as well as Jon Brion, the platinum producer thus far best known for his high-profile work with Fiona Apple and Kanye West. If we had friends like that, we'd be tempted to let a few more cooks into the kitchen too.
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