Of Montreal - Aureate Gloom 180g Vinyl LP (Out Of Stock)
Of Montreal Aureate Gloom 180g Vinyl LP
“A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave Of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album. The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record: first on a writing retreat in New York City, then while demoing tracks in Athens, before finally recording at Sonic Ranch, just across the border from Juarez, Mexico in the Texan desert.
If you’re wondering what exactly would lead Barnes to use this epithet to describe his reality at the time, look no further than the songs themselves. While many bands rely on vague platitudes as an attempt to make their songs universally applicable, Barnes chooses to take the opposite tact - penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.
“I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just completely trashed,” reveals Barnes. “I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness.”
For inspiration - and to put a bit of distance between himself and the events and people he writes so unequivocally about - Barnes spent two weeks in New York City this past spring. While there, he wandered around Chelsea, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chinatown, imagining what it was like 40 years ago, picturing himself as Tom Verlaine or Patti Smith, or James Chance.
Lead single “Bassem Sabry” (named for the Egyptian journalist who died tragically in the spring of 2014), is perhaps Of Montreal’s most political song to date, with Barnes proclaiming “Every leader is a cellophane punk,” while handclaps and danceable drums incite the listener to follow his command: “If you hear me, say ‘Yeah!’ ‘Yeah!’ ‘Yeah!’”
Working at such a breakneck pace, there was no time to nitpick, to dissect, to overanalyze. Only later, upon arriving back home, was Barnes able to take a step back and fully appreciate what he and his band had accomplished. With Aureate Gloom, Of Montreal have created one of the most unflinching, confessional and starkly emotional albums in their oeuvre.
Of Montreal Aureate Gloom Track Listing:
1. Bassem Sabry
2. Last Rites At The Jane Hotel
3. Empyrean Abattoir
4. Aluminum Crown
5. Virgilian Lots
6. Monolithic Egress
7. Apollyon Of Blue Room
9. Chthonian Dirge For Uruk The Other
10. Like Ashoka’s Inferno Of Memory
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