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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 (nine 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 (nine 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

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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

*what he does
* a career

etc. i'm tired

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:15 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

his live band was absolutely incredible btw

#TeamHailing (imago), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:32 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

I mean a healthy routine, not simply by rote

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:34 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

Otm.

flappy bird, Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:38 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

kinda NEED to catch up

timellison, Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:36 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Love this.

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

timellison, Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:30 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

the new album is great. I lost interest around False Priest, never listened to Paralytic Stalks (though I'm positive that one is going to undergo some serious critical reevaluation, much like Pinkerton or Adore), and he totally lost me with the garage rock albums with unbelievably awful & ugly album covers. though they've always been an amazing live band. but the new one is really great, his idea to make an album of "extended club mixes" worked. it's not a total break from the past like the previous EDM records (which I also never listened to, but when I saw them last year, those songs sounded great), it's actually a lot closer to the core, the heart music that defines of Montreal: Prince.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink

I've only given it one listen but it seemed...fine? some short stretches of inspiration here and there (sax solo (iirc)!), some stretches of not a lot of interest happening. also for all of his talk about it being a "political" album or whatever the concerns seemed to be more of the same.

Simon H., Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:34 (two months ago) Permalink

oh the whole race angle is totally bullshit and completely contrived, I chalk that up to cynical marketing/publicity move. that's the curse of being in a band that never breaks up, if you plateau in popularity your records usually get ignored. like Deerhoof or Xiu Xiu, who continue to make amazing work but don't get the attention or respect they deserve imo. I like this record a lot because to me it sounds like after 5+ years of searching he's finally comfortable in an idiom other than rock/pop where it's not distracting or gimmicky, and his gift for melody and songwriting and arranging shines thru again.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:41 (two months ago) Permalink

holy shit the closing track

imago, Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:40 (two months ago) Permalink

oh hm it didn't turn out the way i was hoping. he started rapping ffs

imago, Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:45 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't like this very much i think. 'best since ____' is such a lazy narrative about this band anyway - their albums are so different to each other

aureate gloom 4eva suckaz

imago, Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia is an all-time classic. I like how he clearly follows his muse and doesn't give a fuck about what any detractors think, then moves onto the next thing leaving everyone to catch up five years later

PaulTMA, Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah that's the best song by a fair way

imago, Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Track 3 is really great as well

Last two tracks are so frustrating. There are really fantastic things about both, but really jarring things too

I don't much like tracks 1 & 4

Hmm

Two great songs is better than the last album at least

imago, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

OK I think I like the opening track now. Second half of the album is still iffy though

imago, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 20:03 (two months ago) Permalink

hmm

imago, Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:54 (two months ago) Permalink

this is qute the grower! :D

imago, Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:54 (two months ago) Permalink

also i think...Writing The Circles might be even better than PI/BD? they're both incredible

imago, Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I wasn't able to follow it thematically on first listen, but I really like this album. If we're looking at a lot of his post-Hissing Fauna albums as different genre exercises, this is probably the one that appeals to me the most, not just because I love '80s dance mixes but because it's something that's really in his wheelhouse and I think he nails it. It's the best glimpse I've seen in a while of what a virtuoso he is.

timellison, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:50 (two months ago) Permalink

wow that's an great performance -- need to hear this now

k3vin k., Tuesday, 27 March 2018 02:44 (one month ago) Permalink

enjoying this album, looking forward to living with it a little. "sophie" is probably the most conventional song for them on the record, can totally see it as a skeletal lamping B-side

k3vin k., Friday, 30 March 2018 02:47 (one month ago) Permalink

whoa last song is amazing

k3vin k., Friday, 30 March 2018 03:00 (one month ago) Permalink

really into "writing the circles..." and "plateau phase..." now -- the latter almost strikes me as an erykah badu attempt

k3vin k., Sunday, 1 April 2018 02:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Kevin Barnes is a genius. He should release albums more frequently

PaulTMA, Sunday, 1 April 2018 02:08 (one month ago) Permalink

plateau phase is the best

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 April 2018 03:25 (one month ago) Permalink


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