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First round in my set. It starts amazing!

Roy, Friday, 26 September 2008 10:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

Gonna see them in SF soon. Should be wild

skygreenleopard, Friday, 26 September 2008 20:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

ugh, fuck me.
if anyone wants a ticket to their sold out show this tuesday (Music Hall of Williamsburg in NYC), let me know and we'll try to work something out.

k3vin k., Sunday, 14 December 2008 01:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

my boyfriend woke me up with this bullshit this morning. sounds like guys in sunglasses on coke.

Surmounter, Sunday, 10 May 2009 13:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

They were an E6 band so probably weed and...like...a pastel trombone.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Sunday, 10 May 2009 14:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Been totally bingeing on these guys. Not much of it is sinking in, but it's kinda groovy inna superficial kaleidoscope way. Best material seems to be on the later (last two) records.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 02:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

totally. last two are two of my favorite albums this decade, but a lot of their earlier stuff hints at the greatness that was to come.

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 02:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

no way. best one is sunlandic twins. last two are afterglow

kamerad, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

i dunno, i still think aldhils is the best

do not read if you meatus (electricsound), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

is it the first one you heard?

kamerad, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

not by a long shot

do not read if you meatus (electricsound), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

me either. first one i heard was the gay parade. they're dynamic enough though that i can imagine first one heard remains the favorite

kamerad, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

omg the track-titles for their 'early four-track recordings'

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 10:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

It really is all about the second half (Triphallus onward) of Skeletal Lamping, although interestingly I still can't pick a standout track. It's all about the journey, not the stop-offs.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

what's odd about skeletal lamping is that is does seem genuinely self-indulgent in about three different ways, none of which really maps onto what people usually mean in calling music self-indulgent

thomp, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

it is a somewhat monomaniacal exorcism of self in sound, but it traverses quite a lot of interesting territory in an effort to splatter every tortured psychosexual aspect of him and his weird shemale alter-egos into our consciousness

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^i hope this conveys the record's self-indulgence

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

i dunno, i still think aldhils is the best

― do not read if you meatus (electricsound), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:26 (7 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

is it the first one you heard?

― kamerad, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:34 (7 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

not by a long shot

― do not read if you meatus (electricsound), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:35 (7 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Aldhils is the only thing by these guys that has really resonated with and it was the first one I heard... what does this mean kamerad do you think

DJ MARTIAN IS A KING AMONG MEN. Dan Perry, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

resonated with *me* obv

DJ MARTIAN IS A KING AMONG MEN. Dan Perry, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

i think maybe i just don't find his 'psychosexual hangups' very interesting, amounting to, as it does:

i. i like having sex
ii. i like the intimacy of romantic relationships
iii. sometimes i wonder if the primacy of (ii) over immediate, hedonistic (i) is not a big lie
iv. sometimes i think queers/women (delete as apt.) have it easier

^ in every straight person ever

thomp, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

the standout track on skeletal lamping is "eluardian instance" for that bit where it goes "noooow iiii'm view-ing my me-mo-ry reel in reve-er-erse". the single version included an edit that made it a lot more palatable to those who don't get that whole mishmash steez they do.,

dog latin, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

& the more he worries at it, the more glaring becomes his inability to actually write, perform and record dirty mind

(xpots.)

thomp, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Quite a lot of interesting MUSICAL territory. I don't really listen to the lyrics as much more than a stream of fairly loosely-linked horndog imagery.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

the standout track on skeletal lamping is "eluardian instance" for that bit where it goes "noooow iiii'm view-ing my me-mo-ry reel in reve-er-erse". the single version included an edit that made it a lot more palatable to those who don't get that whole mishmash steez they do.,

― dog latin, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 8:13 AM (3 hours ago)

oh man you're so right, after about the thirtieth time i'd listened to this track it was defnitiely my favorite part too.

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

also i'm not usually a big 'lyrics' guy (in music i like them to be serviceable and not get in the way), but of montreal's lyrics are pretty special to me. the last album especially which is about exploring oft-subverted facets of your personality and the fantasies which accompany them is really resonant with me, though sadly not on a completely literal level ;)

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

the last minute of "an eluardian instance" is awesome and does not go on for long enough but I suppose that is the point

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

the whole thing is really an outlier - sonically and structurally, at least - on the album. very straightforward and a classic of montreal tune in every sense. my favorite on skeletal lamping has got to be "nonpareil of favor" though. they played it when i saw them a few months ago and your mans kk was like ^______^

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^that opening track is stone classic, especially because after 2 mins of classic schiz-pop-ness it gets *stuck* in some noise groove and *cannot* escape it despite blatantly trying to...it's such a cool experiment in tension

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

my favorite from "hissing fauna" is "we were born mutants again with leafling". they're actually really similar songs, and i like listening to one after the other

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

& the more he worries at it, the more glaring becomes his inability to actually write, perform and record dirty mind

(xpots.)

― thomp, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 13:15 (4 hours ago) Bookmark

^^^this otm now I think about it.

I kind of didn't like Hissing Fauna, maybe I should try again. (Loved Skeletal Lamping, couldn't be bothered with the others.)

b!tchass, birdchested bastard sees a dude bigger than he (a hoy hoy), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 17:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

I prefer the moments to the songs, as I've said. The exchange about "you don't think I've got caller ID?" into that chorus in Triphallus is one of the most perfect pop moments this decade

Hissing Fauna seems quite good, but The Past Is A Grotesque Animal and maybe the two tracks after it kinda tower over everything else

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 17:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

i love love hissing fauna. sam, maybe you should try the final track ("we were mutants...") first, then "the past is a grotesque animal", then maybe the singles ("heimdalsgate", "a sentence of sorts").

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 17:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

especially "a sentence of sorts in kongsvinger". goddamn that goes over incredibly live

Thanks, Casey Westcott Fleet Foxes (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 17:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

listening, first time, to skeletal lamping, when the DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN tchk tchk do do tchk tchk groove comes in, i had this horrible feeling of 'i am going to spend my next x listens to this trying to convince myself that this moment succeeds musically in what it is trying to do'

this is common to me when listening to follow-ups by indie bands who have managed to make something that succeeds fantastically on its own terms

the sorts of craft being displayed on hissing fauna seem more sympa to kevin barnes than those he attempts to put on show in skeletal lamping: also, the former's grounding in real events help lend perspective and/or meaning to the georgie fruit shenanigans

i mean 'real events' as in "the narrator of a song is referring to something that actually happened in context of the song" rather than "stuff that actually happened to kevin barnes": although, probably, the latter too

thomp, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 20:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have listened to Skeletal Lamping so much that I've kind of forgotten that Hissing Fauna existed. (This might be because my CD drive plays the former and rejects the latter)

He writes so absolutely clinically *on* about depression that I'm prepared to forgive him his occasional missteps about sexuality - except, honestly, most of the time, they don't feel like missteps, more like brutal honesty. The songs, lyrically, work for me, even without knowing whether he's singing them from a Personna or not. (I tend to ignore artists when they sing in "Personas" - because, honestly, every aspect of songwriting and performance is done from a stance or personna anyway. I have never understood why songwriting is always supposed to only be written in the first person experiential, like musicians are unable to have imaginations in the way that novelists or painters do?)

Violent In Design (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 20:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

(It's all about Plastis Wafers -> Death Is Not A Parallel Move for me)

Violent In Design (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 21:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

dan what i think i meant was that i've always felt they're a weird kind of love-hate band: people tend to love the first record they hear by them and then not care as much for the rest of their stuff. they're like a really smart but way too hyper-active friend you're charmed by at first but then get sick of after a while. except the first one i heard (gay parade) i couldn't stand, and the next one i heard, sunlandic twins, i still love, so my portrayal here isn't exactly airtight

kamerad, Thursday, 18 June 2009 22:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Aldhils Arboretum is such a goddamn sad album :/ Never really noticed when playing it in the background because it sounds so upbeat/goofy.

CompuPost, Sunday, 20 June 2010 22:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

'kissing in the grass' is probably their most perfect pop song ever.

keythhtyek, Monday, 21 June 2010 04:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

free show in Toronto tomorrow night. I got boys' clubbed out of the poker game my husband's going to, so I might go dance around at Yonge-Dundas square!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 15 June 2012 14:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Riiiight. Busy weekend this weekend.

BC Forgbs (Ówen P.), Friday, 15 June 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw Iggy Pop last year(?) and the crowd was insane.. hoping the OM crowd will be a bit smaller, but I think the Flaming Lips are playing later so maybe not.. at least I'm tall. :P

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 15 June 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

If you're not at work you should go to this show (not of Montreal but seeing as we're talking about NxNE shit) it's happening right now

I can't go I have a cold and am also at work

http://justshows.com/toronto/2012/06/15/nxne-nxnexperiment-ii/1671/

BC Forgbs (Ówen P.), Friday, 15 June 2012 17:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Just got off work but have a hair appointment on Queen west in 15 minutes. :(
Feel better!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 15 June 2012 17:28 (five years ago) Permalink

I realize this is such an obvious statement that it was incorporated into the Hipster Olympics sketch that came out years ago, however:

They jumped the shark after the Outback Steakhouse commercial. It's one thing to license your music to advertise a steakhouse; it's quite another to take one of your popular songs, add a digeridoo and change the lyrics to be about steak.

Everything was downhill from there. Hissing Fauna was totally overdone and self-indulgent. I gave the next album one listen, and all I remember about it was that it sucked and that he got Janelle Monae to awkwardly sing the word 'nigger' on one of the track. And that it was canned and underproduced -- like Kevin Barnes' band is slowly quitting and now it's just him and his laptop singing along to the sound of his own multitracked voice.

Satanic Panic in the Attic deserves more love on this thread, though. Sunlandic Twins was their breakthrough, but the previous album is just one pop gem after another, from start to finish -- and there are a lot of tracks on that album.

Also their debut album is very good.

3×5, Saturday, 16 June 2012 05:42 (five years ago) Permalink

The show was insane. So many weirdly becostumed dancers, crowd surfing and Kevin Barnes eyeliner. High energy. Much of the crowd just standing, waiting for the Flaming Lips but I felt like I floated out of there. Dance party in my front room now.

"it's like we weren't made for this world..but I wouldn't wanna meet someone who was"

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 17 June 2012 02:33 (five years ago) Permalink

And free! And I was back home exactly two hours after I'd left. Perfect dose of badass music!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 17 June 2012 02:34 (five years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Really like the two new acoustic songs in this. (Don't know the story behind "Feminine Effects," the first song on it. It's on the outtakes/rarities album that came out last year.)

http://www.npr.org/event/music/169709211/of-montreal-tiny-desk-concert

timellison, Thursday, 21 February 2013 05:42 (five years ago) Permalink

"Feminine Effects" has been floating around for years - the version I have is Barnes solo on piano. First came out circa Hissing Fauna iirc.

Roz, Thursday, 21 February 2013 06:08 (five years ago) Permalink

What do people think of Daughter of Cloud, the out-takes album? For me I think it's okay but OM's last album has so totally ruined that band for me, I find it hard to even go back to things I used to love by the band.

dog latin, Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Now youre going too far...

dl AG might be worth a listen, its really in the same vein as the amazing run from Satanic Panic to Skeketal Lamping

Drugs A. Money, Saturday, 13 August 2016 07:44 (one year ago) Permalink

the mediocre pitchfork review has arrived

PaulTMA, Sunday, 14 August 2016 11:25 (one year ago) Permalink

It's a mediocre album tbf

imago, Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Aureate Gloom might well be their BEST album though, it's completely wonderful

imago, Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:35 (one year ago) Permalink

nah this blows it way imo. already has about twice as much replay value this early. there are some hints at melody this time

PaulTMA, Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:52 (one year ago) Permalink

um...what

imago, Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:58 (one year ago) Permalink

AG is nothing but wonderful melodies

This has one song up to that standard (Gratuitous Abysses) and one successful trap experiment (Trashed Exes) but little else to sustain me. Will relisten though

imago, Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Chaos A r Peggi a ting is good too coz tt told me to say so. We're at a beer festival

imago, Sunday, 14 August 2016 13:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I enjoyed Aureate Gloom a lot. Not heard this new one yet.

Gavin, Leeds, Sunday, 14 August 2016 14:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Aureate Gloom is alright, it's just Kevin's misery is starting to grate a little. He's still pretty miserable here but musically it seems much more alive and he keeps threatening to get back to proper melodies again. Either way, I think IR is twice as good

PaulTMA, Sunday, 14 August 2016 15:10 (one year ago) Permalink

"My Fair Lady" is really nice.

timellison, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 23:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I managed about a song and a half but it was quite enough for me. This guy really needs to step back and consider what he's doing. You can't make music this detailed and release as much material as he does.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:15 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i had no idea what to play today so i decided to throw on this new album, Innocence Reaches. the single seemed too forced for me so i didn't know what to expect. the first half didn't grab me but continued to play it. the album seemed to get more and more psychedelic as i went on, very 60s. i think i might actually like this album, looking forward to playing it again in the next few days.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 23:49 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

trying to listen to Innocence Reaches. I don't say this about too many albums but this is nigh-unlistenable. It just sounds like a huge mess. Kevin's lyrics are wooden and don't so much as rub-up against the music than barely attempt to work with it. The music itself regularly goes into sections that sound like a mistake that should have been sorted out in the early stages of mixing.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:50 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new album White is Relic/Irrealis Mood out March 9 on Polyvinyl

Two important events occurred during the making of White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. I became “Simulated Reality” paranoid and I fell in LOVE.

Well a lot more happened during the process of writing and recording, but those are the two big ones. I also reached a healthy point of self-forgiveness for my failed marriage and became deeply educated in the lies of America the Great.

I feel like a switch was recently turned on in my brain and now I’m beginning to see through the lies that have been fed to me my whole life by the masters of media and by those who control and manipulate the narrative of our cultural identity and social order.

My paranoia began during the presidential election cycle and reached a dangerous peak shortly after the inauguration. In the meantime I watched and read countless works of art in a mad effort to be reminded of how many truly brilliant people there are living/struggling among us and to try to maintain a positive outlook. The works of Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Chris Kraus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the Autobiographies of Malcolm X and Mark E Smith were all great inspirations, to name a few.

Musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for pop singles back in the ‘80s. It’s so cool how a lot of the 80’s hits had these really intricate and interesting longer versions that wouldn’t get played on the radio and could only be heard in the clubs. I used that template with these tracks, I wanted them all to feel like the extended “club edit” of album tracks.

I also decided to abandon the “live band in a room” approach that I had been using on the recent albums and work more on my own or remotely with collaborators. I used the same drum sample packs throughout because I wanted the album to have a rhythmic continuity to it. I wanted the drums to have a strong and consistent identity, similar to how Prince’s Linn Electronics LM-1 drum machine played such an important role on his classic albums. Zac Colwell also played a huge role on this album, adding saxophones and synths to most of the songs. I also got a lot of help from long time collaborators, and “of Montreal” touring members, Clayton Rychlik and JoJo Glidewell.

The two title concept came to me when I was thinking about how difficult it is to frame the message of a song with just one title, because so often the songs are about so many different subjects. ‘White Is Relic’ was inspired by James Baldwin’s writings regarding the creation and propagation of a toxic American White identity. I’ve come to learn how it’s just a tool wielded by the 1% to give poor white people a false sense of superiority in an effort to keep the masses placated and numb to how deeply we’re all getting fucked by our capitalist rulers. An ‘Irrealis Mood’ is a linguistic indicator that something isn’t yet reality but does have the potential to become so.

I’m always searching for new identities so this concept of the death of “Whiteness” appeals to me greatly. Might be the only way to save the world.

-Kevin Barnes, January 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuFw4IZWOUE

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:35 (one month ago) Permalink

show i saw last april was fantastic, wasn't really familiar with anything past Skeletal Lamping and the new stuff sounded great. the new song is very much in the vein of that show and the EDM vibe of Rune Husk/Innocence Reaches

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for pop singles back in the ‘80s. It’s so cool how a lot of the 80’s hits had these really intricate and interesting longer versions that wouldn’t get played on the radio and could only be heard in the clubs. I used that template with these tracks, I wanted them all to feel like the extended “club edit” of album tracks.

this is p much word for word neil tennant's explanation for how 'introspective' came to be

#TeamHailing (imago), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:16 (one month ago) Permalink

OM is probably the single band I'd describe as the most truly unpredictable when it comes to how good their next release will be. hopefully this one will follow 'innocence' with the pattern of 'lousy' -> 'aureate' in that a new sound will be prototyped and then gloriously realised

#TeamHailing (imago), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:34 (one month ago) Permalink

otm re unpredictability of quality. I loved the two "live in a room" psych-rock albums - felt like a new resurgence - but the last album did nothing for me. The new song is decent. and lol at another artist just now deciding/discovering capitalism is bad

Simon H., Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:17 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah it strikes me that he should have been realising this stuff maybe twenty years ago?

and agree that the last album was kind of off

#TeamHailing (imago), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:56 (one month ago) Permalink

i think it's a marketing tactic

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:56 (one month ago) Permalink

When people say Barnes is too prolific, they're talking shite, basically. He releases an album every 18 months - with the same timeframe, the Pixies wouldn't have been able to release Trompe Le Monde until 1996 or something

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I think it's a fair accusation in his case cause a bunch of his releases feel like less-good iterations of / variations on the previous one

Simon H., Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink

right, and their popularity plateaued a long time ago. they're in the same spot as Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu... haven't been hip or hyped since 2010 at the latest, playing the same clubs to ever diminishing audiences. although it's reversed for Montreal: they play the same places but sell them out every year, and young kids always come out, but their records are m/l ignored. Deerhoof & Xiu Xiu get pretty good press for their records, but man, the kids are not picking up on them, and the turnout at their shows in recent years has been pretty dire and depressing, ime.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:56 (one month ago) Permalink

and of Montreal totally earn that live success, because their stage show is consistently awesome & different.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Don't really understand why he should be encouraged to take longer between albums. Is it to build anticipation or the idea that he'll be more inspired after taking extended time off writing?

I don't get it because I largely like why do anyway, and it's not like he is that prolific. An album every 18 months, with an EP six months later. Seems pretty normal to me personally and not some GBV-esque trip. Opinions will always vary for each release but I don't think he's put out an career-wreckingly disliked album. Stalks was fairly controversial but seems to have won plenty of fans over time.

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:12 (one month ago) Permalink

*what he does
* a career

etc. i'm tired

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Only people saying that are industry people. Longer you take between albums, more attention each one gets. Of course the risk you take is the public forgetting about you completely, which I wouldn't take over being a working band and keeping up a regular touring/recording schedule. If you wait years between records, you could get a hiatus bump like Fleet Foxes, LCD, Vampire Weekend... or you could just vanish. I really admire bands that just keep working.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:16 (one month ago) Permalink

I was speaking more on the creative side. some of the albums feel like the songs needed more time to bake properly, or for him to realize the material wasn't that special

Simon H., Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:20 (one month ago) Permalink

I could understand that point of view more if it really did feel like he was just churning them out say annually, with the extra EP, in the way someone like Luke Haines does. Or like Ray Davies in the 70s, flitting from bloated concept album to next with no space to breathe. I don't think the albums have sounded any less focused as a consequence of coming out at these regular intervals.

I find it interesting that opinions will vary though, where on here you might see someone bat for Aureate Gloom, whereas other fans may see it as a tune-free low-point (I like it). I like that he's leaving behind all these albums which may take a few years to appreciate.

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:27 (one month ago) Permalink

xp I agree. and I suspect he's of the mind that you gotta keep working or you'll be forgotten. a band like that is always in a precarious place. by touring regularly especially, he's kept a healthy fanbase, even if the records are neglected. and I guess he feels a need to have something new for those tours and not rest on his laurels, also he's obviously so prolific and not content to stay in one spot for too long. the 'live band in a room' period only lasted 2 or 3 years.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:28 (one month ago) Permalink

xp tbf he has done that, last full length LP was in 2016, and last year he put out a (really good) EP, in addition to a Hissing Fauna reissue.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:28 (one month ago) Permalink

his live band was absolutely incredible btw

#TeamHailing (imago), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:32 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean that the album appears every 18 months and pretty much as a routine there's an EP which follows about six months later, most likely from the same sessions. He's been doing that since at least Hissing.

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean a healthy routine, not simply by rote

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:34 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i've seen of Montreal 3 times, in 2014, 2015, and 2017. all three were really extravagant shows: props, lights, half a dozen costume changes... and all three were totally different from each other, presentation and setlists. last year was especially sweet, he was fully in the EDM mode, all the backup players behind these huge LED platforms, he was in drag the whole time.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:40 (one month ago) Permalink

man needs to take a break i reckon. just can't abide much he's released since ooh.. a bit after Skeletal Lamping. I am kind of interested in the description of this new one though

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah if he stops making albums I'm into then I guess he should just stop

PaulTMA, Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:13 (one month ago) Permalink

by my count, since Skeletal Lamping he's released two amazing albums, one good album and two slightly shonky albums. this does not count any EPs or whatnot

proceed, kevin

#TeamHailing (imago), Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:35 (one month ago) Permalink

It would be alright if he'd released two amazing albums (Skeletal Lamping was 10 years ago, sure, but god it feels like less time than that and to have released FIVE more full-lengths, a bunch of comps and a handful of EPs just seems ridiculous for the kind of music he makes).

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 18 January 2018 12:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Skeletal Lamping is great, one of his best
False Priest isn't liked as much as others for reasons I don't get, it's my personal favorite
thecontrollersphere is great
Paralytic Stalks is tough to get into, but does some amazing things
Daughter of Cloud is a bit uneven (as would be expected for a collection of rarities and unrealeased tracks) but has some great songs
Lousy with Sylvianbriar is very good, though it feels like this is the point where it gets a bit less interesting
Aureate Gloom is an ok album with one amazing track (Empyrean Abattoir)
Innocence Reaches is fine. I listened to it a bunch of times when it was released, but never really felt to urge to revisit.
Rune Husk - I know I listened to this, but I don't really remember much about it.

So yeah, a pretty good 10 year run, but it seems like he's been dropping off the last couple of years. I wouldn't be terribly surprised to see him release another amazing album though.

silverfish, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I dropped off after Paralytic Stalks. It just sounded like a parody of everything that made Hissing / Skeletal so great > complex arrangements but WAY too complex and never settling in place for more than 5 seconds, plus LOTS of whingeing and preciousness. Tried giving the others a listen when they came out (Rune Husk? Didn't even realise this existed) but it was just 'ach I can't bear this any more'

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Otm.

flappy bird, Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:38 (one month ago) Permalink

the first couple post-Hissing Fauna records really suffer from his trying to build conceptually from the second half of that album, to pretty smdh-y results

Simon H., Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:43 (one month ago) Permalink

the whole Georgie Fruit conceit is pretty nuts and would absolutely NEVER fly today (although this isn’t really borne out in the lyrics, just the press releases)

flappy bird, Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:55 (one month ago) Permalink

it was nuts but just totally off the scale down-the-rabbit hole loopy that it worked. you're right, it wouldn't work today without coming under fire from a million blogs

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't think there are a million blogs keeping track of what of Montreal is up to these days

silverfish, Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:18 (one month ago) Permalink

There was a time for me where Kevin Barnes was like...I couldn't believe what he was doing. Sunlandic Twins and Hissing Fauna. The Sunlandic Twins is my favorite album from this century. I lost interest in the period after that but have liked this and that and I kinda neat to catch up.

timellison, Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:35 (one month ago) Permalink

kinda NEED to catch up

timellison, Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:36 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Love this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwYiB4XPRiM

timellison, Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:30 (one week ago) Permalink


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