Of Montreal Announce New Album, Out 3/9 + Share Track

Of Montreal Announce New Album, Out 3/9 + Share Track

of Montreal Announce New Album White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, Out March 9 Via Polyvinyl Record Co

Release First Track “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia,” Listen + Share Here, Watch the Music Video via Apple Music

Announce US Tour Dates

Today, of Montreal have released their new song “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia.” The track appears on their forthcoming album White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood out March 9, 2018 via Polyvinyl Record Co. Additionally, the music video for “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” can be viewed today exclusively via Apple Music.  Listen and share “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” here and pre-order the album here.


“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.”


(photo credit: Ebru Yildiz)

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

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