Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks - - 2012 Alt Indie Rock 180 Grm Yellow Vinyl 2LP
Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
Label: Polyvinyl Records PRC-233
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Yellow
Has pic insert
Released: 07 Feb 2012
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Indie Rock
A1 Gelid Ascent 4:09
A2 Spiteful Intervention 3:38
A3 Dour Percentage 4:35
B4 We Will Commit Wolf Murder 5:30
B5 Malefic Dowery 2:37
B6 Ye, Renew The Plaintiff 8:47
C7 Wintered Debts 7:37
C8 Exorcismic Breeding Knife 7:40
D9 Authentic Pyrrhic Remission 13:16
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 44110 02331
There are so many things happening on the Of Montreal album Paralytic Stalks, so many horns and strings and layered harmonies swirling together at the same time not to mention the whirs, beeps and chimes whose sources you might not be able to place that itll leave you with a feeling akin to waking from a particularly bizarre dream.
Take for example, the albums fourth track, We Will Commit Wolf Murder. The off kilter, synth-heavy pop song doesnt have a chorus, but is instead tied together by one line repeated across several verses by Of Montreal lead singer Kevin Barnes.
Theres blood in my hair, he sings almost happily, it seems but never explains why its there or whose veins it came from. Go on, just tell me you havent ever had a nightmare like that before.
But, like a dream, Of Montreals experimental weirdness is grounded in a reality we recognize. Barnes has released an album nearly every year never going more than two since Of Montreals 1997 debut, Cherry Peel.
Back then, Of Montreal was mostly a solo project, and Barnes worked in a traditional 1960s-inspired pop-rock vein similar to his Elephant 6 companions Apples in Stereo and Olivia Tremor Control. (Elephant 6 was a collection of likeminded, likesounded indie rock bands based in Denver and Athens, Georgia in the 1990sBarnes wasnt a founding member but he was associated with them).
But over time, he slowly traded in his 2- and 3-minute Beatle-esque pop melodies for long, experimental soundscapes woven together with the help of computers. A lot of computers. Thats why Barnes expands his musical project to include dozens of multi-instrumentalists during concerts theres no way one man could perform this psychedelic carnival on his own.
Paralytic Stalks is equally eclectic I cant think of a contemporary music genre that isnt featured here in some form or another but the result is completely different.
The albums nine songs still have their catchy, danceable moments, but theyre often sandwiched between meandering, almost avant-garde compositions and ominous, atonal scores.
The last half of Paralytic Stalks features a set of experimental suites that range between seven and 13 minutes long. Synthesizers, violins, and electric guitar create a cacophonous sound as Barnes varies his falsetto voice on double- and triple-tracked harmonies by changing his distance from the mic.
The result is a frenetic, attention-starved album that, if it were a child, would almost certainly be put on Ritalin. Barnes lyrics are equally unhinged; in addition to the references to hair blood, they also mention exposed brains, parasites and the time Barnes slipped on his own vomit. But theyre not always discernible over the multi-instrumental clamor. Its possible to listen to the entire record without any idea of what the songs are about.
For example, once you wade through a minute and 25 seconds of space age noises and random mutterings on the opening track Gelid Ascent, Barnes breaks out into a thrilling rock song thats surprisingly reminiscent of Oasis early days.
The first single, Dour Percentage is a psychedelic, disco dance song. It would fit easily on Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer?, Of Montreals 2007 album that perfectly mixed Barnes traditional rock-pop melodies with his then-new experimental tendencies.
And Wintered Debt is a beautiful piece that begins as a quiet and subdued as a lullaby, layers on some elegant harmonies and then explodes into truly raucous baroque orchestral pop.
But it only lasts for a little while; the last three minutes of the song are filled with something that sounds like a Twilight Zone score. In a sense, Wintered Debt operates as three different songs in one.
Thats the joy of Of Montreals increasing madness; the songs on Paralytic Stalks can be endlessly dissected into their various components or they can be experienced together as a convoluted picture of one mans bizarre musical imagination. Barnes still writes the occasional Beatle-esque melody. But these days, he may be more interested in Revolution 9.
Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
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Of Montreal - WINTERED DEBTS
Freebird Live, Jacksonville, Fl. 3/7/2012
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Of Montreal - Dour Percentage
@ Alabama Music Box 3/9/2012
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