Sunday, July 16, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Of Montreal

Artist:Of Montreal
Song:Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
Album:Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Despite the name, Of Montreal are not Canadian. They aren't even a real group. It's another solo artist hiding behind a group name probably for anonymity. Kevin Barnes was born May 30, 1974 in Rocky River, OH. He grew up in Athens, GA. He did live in Montreal for a time while he was in a relationship. The name Of Montreal represents the breakup. He was having trouble putting a band together. So he moved back to Athens and became part of the Elephant 6 music collective. Elephant 6 was formed in 1991 in Denver. But they moved to Athens and bands like Neutral Milk Hotel and The Olivia Tremor Control come from the larger group. Barnes decided to hire musicians to record and tour based on his needs. There are no permanent members. Of Montreal's music can best be described as psychedelic influenced electropop. They are also known for elaborate stage shows that are more like plays than a standard concert. Barnes has recorded for Polyvinyl Records since 2004. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse is from the 2007 CD Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?. Barnes says he wrote the song while he was in a depression. He was under the influence of antidepressants. Heimdalsgate was the street he lived on at the time in Oslo, Norway. On this album, Barnes didn't bring in musicians. He recorded it himself. I'm told the video for this song is somewhat representative of his stage show. On his latest album Innocence Reaches, Barnes goes in the direction of Electronic Dance Music. He could go in a different direction for his next album. I guess it depends what kind of mood Barnes is in. Here's the video for Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse by Of Montreal.

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