If you have ever listened to of Montreal, you are aware of the psychedelic journey their tunes can take you on. A fitting album cover photo, perhaps, for Lousy with Sylvianbriar, since you may find yourself ready to hop on that bike and ride off into lands of trippy new colors and skies.
With the more upbeat songs, such as the single “Fugitive Air”, your hips may start developing minds of their own in response to the pleasurable beats. Tapping your feet or swaying to the beat, you’ll find that Kevin Barnes’ vocals create something different in each song. Barnes’ voice becomes intoxicatingly sweet, complimented by the female vocals alongside his in “Obsidian Currents”. Little surprises like those are found throughout the album.
Further into the album, “She Ain’t Speaking Now” offers more drum action, which pairs well with Barnes’ vocals. The low roar of the electric guitar also finds its way into the mix of funky sounds here. The rise and fall of sweet melodies next to more upbeat tunes make this album a nice listen.
The same funk you’d expect from of Montreal is present in LwS, but this album presents more euphoric moods than the previous albums. If you dig what you hear, the band will be going on tour right around the corner! Kicking off in their hometown, of Montreal will be playing in Athens, GA October 18th at the 40 Watt Club so don’t miss out.
of Montreal’s Upcoming Tour
Samantha Gilder is a native of Saint Simons Island. She attended Georgia Southern University for a brief stint where she studied Journalism, and although she became your statistical “college dropout”, she strives to pursue her goals with the best of them. Growing up, music and writing were the top two most influential things in her life; fast forward to the present and their roles in her life are just as prominent, with the only (major) differences being that now she is not only a writer but a mother. She has eternal love in her heart for her daughter. She bartends at a local coffee shop/café/pub where (lucky for her) the appreciation for music is equally shared between her employers and co-workers.