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Of Montreal announces new album + headlining tour; shares new song "Yung Hearts Bleed Free"

by Logan White


Kevin Barnes. Courtesy Image
Of Montreal - aka Kevin Barnes. Courtesy Image


Of Montreal - aka Kevin Barnes - has just announced that they will be releasing their new album, Lady on the Cusp, on May 17th via Polyvinyl Records.


Written and recorded in the months when Barnes and partner, musician Christina Schneider, prepared them to move, Lady On The Cusp combines a keen reckoning with the past with hopeful glimpses of the future, all clad in Barnes' purposefully scattershot pop kaleidoscopes. The new 10 song suite - funny and sad, sexy and brooding, playful and serious - find Barnes finding new paths ahead.


All of this comes to a head on the album's lead single, "Yung Hearts Bleed Free," which Of Montreal has released today. The Bootsy Collins-influenced, self-deprecating ode to Barnes' heroes - "sex maniacs" and "drug-addled creeps" - indulges in freedom and fetish. It is candid, too, about the doubts and shortcomings of any life lived fully.


Barnes explains that the song was, "Influenced by the Leos Carax film "Boy Meets Girl", Bootsy's Rubber Band, and my recent purchase of a Yamaha TG33 and a Kawai K1M. I wanted to make a strutting, sexy little vamp of a song that just kind of chugged along and felt relaxed and playful and free."


Director Madeline Babuka Black shares, "There's a certain 60's/ experimental spirit to Barnes' songwriting that I love and by using analog techniques of paper cut out and direct on film animation I pay homage to that. The paper cut out animations and color palette of the film were deeply inspired by Larry Jordan's experimental animations, most notably his 1968 film "Our Lady of the Sphere."


Watch the music video below.



Additionally, it has been announced that Of Montreal will be going out on a headlining tour this summer. Check out all of those dates below, as well as the album details.


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Lady on the Cusp coverart
Lady on the Cusp coverart


Track-listing:

01 Music Hurts the Head
02 2 Depressed 2 Fuck
03 Rude Girl on Rotation
04 Yung Hearts Bleed Free
05 Soporific Cell
06 I Can Read Smoke
07 PI$$ PI$$
08 Sea Mines That Mr Gone
09 Poetry Surf
10 Genius in the Wind




 
 

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