October 14, 2013
By now you may think that we have told you everything there is to say about Kevin Barnes and his constantly evolving musical entity, of Montreal. With over a dozen releases to their name in the past 15 years and 11 videos that have come your way, we’ve been championing Polyvinyl Records’ flagship band tirelessly over the years. But if there is one thing we’ve learned from of Montreal is that nothing is ever constant and just when you think you might have them figured out, they reinvent themselves again and add a new dimension to their already eclectic sound.
Take the new album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, for example. The album is a sonic departure from many of the elements that have defined of Montreal’s sound over their past releases. There are still endless amounts of hooks and harmonies, which is in a part of Barnes’ DNA. But instead of overdubbing vocals and stacking layer on top of layer of instrumentation, they have taken a decidedly more stripped down approach, really opening up the dynamics to give the album a more intimate and live-in-the-room warmth.
The circumstances surrounding the recording of this album played a big part in that warmth. Barnes has always said that his instincts have been his primary influence and this time his instincts told him to partake in a self-imposed “isolation experiment” in San Francisco. In his rented apartment he took in the unique culture, and inspired himself with the music of artists like The Grateful Dead and Flying Burrito Brothers. The end result, according to Rolling Stone is “11 intimate tunes built on Summer of Love grooves and country-folk dreaminess.”
For the new video “Fugitive Air” he turned to the director he knows would best capture of Montreal’s intimate and stripped down side; his wife Nina Barnes. She’s no stranger to the director’s chair either, having been behind the lens for their previous videos “L’age D’or” and “Famine Affair.” The video is a kaleidoscope of vivid colors, home movies and psychedelic scenes with Summer of Love styled dancing and carefree approach to life. Perhaps nothing ties the personal touch of the album and the vibe together more than Kevin and Nina’s clear love and adoration for each other, whether it be sharing a tiny bathtub or playfully running around the bedroom.
We’d love to hook you up with copies of the new album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, or to get you out to see the band when they come to your area this fall! For more information please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo crew at (732)-613-1779 or email us at [email protected] . You can also visit www.PolyvinylRecords.com or www.ofMontreal.net for more info on of Montreal.
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For info about of Montreal’s “Spiteful Intervention” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “L’age D’or” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Famine Affair” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Coquet Coquette” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “An Eluardian Instance ” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Id Engager ” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Gronlandic Edit” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Suffer For Fashion” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse” video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Requiem for O.M.M.2″ video, click HERE
For info about of Montreal’s “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” video, click HERE