FILTER’s Top 10 of 2011: Kevin Barnes, of of Montreal
By Staff on December 6, 2011
Forever-flamboyant leader of psychedelic-pop collective of Montreal, Kevin Barnes is a master of contrasts. As evidenced in past albums such as Hissing Fauna Are you the Destroyer?, of Montreal teeters between dark, subjective lyrics and catchy pop hooks. Even more striking are of Montreal’s performances—with costumed theatrics, confetti and previous shows including Barnes’ glam-rock alter ego, Georgie Fruit, a cross-dressing transsexual musician.
Earlier this year, of Montreal toured with Kid Sister and Painted Palms and performed at Barcelona’s 2011 Primavera Sound Festival alongside the recently reunited Pulp, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes and many other artists.
The band also kept busy with a contribution to the Polyvinyl Japan Benefit compilation, a split 7” with Casiokids, the release of the folk EP thecontrollersphere and published an art book, What’s Weird? featuring illustrations and paintings from Barnes’ brother, David. Joyful Noise also released of Montreal’s complete discography from Cherry Peel to last year’s alternative funk record False Priest in a wooden cassette box set.
These days, of Montreal remain experimental as ever. 2012 sees their eleventh release, Paralytic Stalks, due on Feb. 7 via Polyvinyl. The album will be released through all mediums including limited edition cassette tapes available from Joyful Noise. Paralytic Stalks has promised a return to the deeper recesses of Barnes’ mind with more personal lyrical content and a modern classical, “neo-prog, pseudo-country, 60s pop” sound.”
Of Montreal celebrated its 15th anniversary this year and below, you’ll find Barnes’ favorite releases of 2011, which clue into influential sounds found on 2012’s Paralytic Stalks.
Kevin Barnes' Picks
London Sinfonietta, Adès: In Seven Days/Nancarrow Studies Nos. 6 & 7 (SIGNUM)
John Adams, Son of Chamber Symphony/String Quartet (NONESUCH)
Deerhoof, Deerhoof Vs. Evil (POLYVINYL)
John Maus, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (DOMINO)
St. Vincent, Strange Mercy (4AD)
Peaking Lights, 936 (NOT NOT FUN)
Destroyer, Kaputt (MERGE)
Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes (ATLANTIC)
Kishi Bashi, Room for Dream (AEROBIC INTERNATIONAL)
Beach Boys, The Smile Sessions (CAPITOL)