Of Montreal Announce New Album & Share New Track

of Montreal have announced the release of their new album, White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, out March 9, 2018 via Polyvinyl Record Co.

Two important events occurred during the making of White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. I became “Simulated Reality” paranoid and I fell in LOVE,” says frontman Kevin Barnes. “My paranoia began during the presidential election cycle and reached a dangerous peak shortly after the inauguration. In the meantime I watched and read countless works of art in a mad effort to be reminded of how many truly brilliant people there are living/struggling among us and to try to maintain a positive outlook. The works of Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Chris Kraus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the Autobiographies of Malcolm X and Mark E Smith were all great inspirations, to name a few.

Musically, White is Relic/Irrealis Mood draws inspiration from extended dance mixes used for pop singles during the 80’s. “I used that template with these tracks, I wanted them all to feel like the extended “club edit” of album tracks” says Barnes. Abandoning familiar approaches to recording used on recent of Montreal albums, Barnes decided instead to work alone or remotely with collaborators. Composer Zac Colwell contributed saxophones and synths to most of the songs. Also enlisted were long time collaborators, and of Montreal touring members, Clayton Rychlik and JoJo Glidewell.

The two title concept used by Barnes for the album title and track names arose from him “thinking about how difficult it is to frame the message of a song with just one title, because so often the songs are about so many different subjects. ‘White Is Relic’ was inspired by James Baldwin’s writings regarding the creation and propagation of a toxic American White identity. I’ve come to learn how it’s just a tool wielded by the 1% to give poor white people a false sense of superiority in an effort to keep the masses placated and numb to how deeply we’re all getting fucked by our capitalist rulers. An ‘Irrealis Mood’ is a linguistic indicator that something isn’t yet reality but does have the potential to become so.

The band have also shared first track “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia.” Listen to it below:

White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood artwork:


Tour Dates:

03/03 – Mexico City, Mexico @ NRMAL
03/10 – Savannah, GA @ Ships Of The Sea Museum @ Savannah Stopover
03/22 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
03/23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
03/24 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
03/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
03/27 – Maspeth, NY @ Knockdown Center
03/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03/29 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
03/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
03/31 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
04/01 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café
04/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
04/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
04/04 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
04/05 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
04/06 – Cincinnati, ON @ The Woodward Theater
04/07 – Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
04/24 – Asheville, TN @ The Grey Eagle*
04/25 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East*
04/26 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom*
04/27 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar*
04/28 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater*
04/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge*
05/01 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos*
05/02 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*
05/03 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre*
05/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
05/05 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA*
05/06 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
05/07 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister*
05/08 – Fort Worth, TX @ Shipping and Receiving*
05/09 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
05/10 – New Orleans, LA @ The Howlin’ Wolf*
05/11 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge @ Minglewood Hall*
05/12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn*

* – with Locate S, 1

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz
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