Love and paranoia go hand in hand for singer-songwriter Kevin Barnes on White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood.
Lousy with Sylvianbriar is perhaps Of Montreal’s most lifeless album to date.
The five tracks collected here are a jumble, somewhat hastily thrown together, but also provide a window onto the stylistic borders of the band’s sound.
The band has established itself as consistently adept at melding inanity with seriousness via batshit songs that are gaudy while socially conscious.
Textbook blog-hype band: first album praised beyond (but only a little beyond) its merits by the blog cognoscenti, automatically slammed by same for their follow-up.
The curious Mr. West’s folie de grandeur didn’t, as initially widely predicted, blow up in his face.
Kevin Barnes offers something of a treatise on modern sexual politics, presented from a host of different perspectives: a prostitute, a prude, a transsexual.
Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes is some kind of unhinged, tragically little-known genius.