>>61994220 its easy. everytime someone says an album is great/why doesnt others talk about it, etc- if the album cover is pretty, make sure to put it on your topsters. 85% of mu does this, you'll notice it from now on.
>>61993918 >just basic pop Have you truly heard enough of their music to claim this? Albums like Coquelicot, Skeletal Lamping and Paralytic Stalks fly directly in the face of that. They're pop-oriented at their core and tons of their work is based around strong choruses and overall catchiness, due to the early influence of Elephant 6 and the scene's collective fawning for the works of psych-pop of the past, but they swiftly abandoned traditional pop structure early on in their career and more often than not choose to experiment both sonically and in through their performances, not settling on reproducing the same experience more than they feel necessary.
They're absolutely a pop band, but it's not fair at all to write them off as "just basic" pop.
>>61994487 It really doesn't seem fair to dismiss so much experimentation in sound through a constantly evolving choice of instrumentation, the chasing of perpetually shifting influences and their approaches to song structure and broader album concepts.
Something so overwrought as Paralytic Stalks or Coquelicot cannot with any real conviction be boiled down to just being pop music under the guise of being weird and quirky. The entire second half of the former is not pleasant pop music, while the first half is a blend of (admittedly often conventionally pleasant) glam and psych rock. The latter album is pleasant in its use of saccharine vocal harmonies and many of the songs are short little psych-pop tracks - but it's 22 tracks long, and surrounding those conventional (but not "normie" by any real standard) pieces are blends of spoken word, longer, structurally fragmented songs with some fantastic production techniques, all culminating in an 18 minute long piano piece. Both albums are completely worlds apart in overall sound and show a vast evolution into something knew, testament to the reality of and embracing of their supposedly shallow 'weirdness'.
>>61997395 I don't see how unless you just haven't actually listened to them. Paralytic stalks is really tense and heady sure but the last 2 records were very dumbed down for them. Aureate gloom isn't very good but slyvianbriar is hard to find fault with.
>>62000907 It's got a handful of strong tracks but in general Kevin's lyricism was more heavy-handed than it's ever been and the instrumentals suffered for being recorded in just 3 weeks. Sylvianbriar was procedurally a callback to 60s rock too but he just handicapped himself too much this time around. I realize that the rough lyrics most likely have everything to do with the poor state of his personal relationships but it was just hard to listen to - and this is coming from someone who thinks that paralytic stalks and to a lesser extent hissing fauna are lyrically brilliant.
>>62001191 I wish I'd been following them more closely but he didnt include the lyric sheet so they always got put on the back burner for me. What does jump out at me though I've really loved a lot though.
>masturbating your father's pain what did he mean by this?
>>62001134 On paper the harsher guitar work sounds like a good idea but it sounds very lazily done to me. This isn't true of every track of course, but when it's bad, it's pretty bad. For what it's worth, I'm not much of a led zeppelin or black sabbath fan and those are two of the bands I felt that kev was replicating in places. It's a really natural progression from sylvianbriar, which is interesting, but really I just wish all the tracks were up to the standard of empyrean abatoir and bassem sabry
>>62001191 the line between interesting expressions of negative feelings and just being whiny is pretty blurred but this album was the first time I ever thought kevin crossed it
>>62001230 >but by itself thats basically how I took in the album lyrically. Its not like its really that hard to understand what he's saying but without the liner notes each song as a whole doesn't come together as easily. I almost always listened to it without internet available.
>>62001298 last rites and aluminum crown are my least favorite tracks but apollyon of blue room's instrumental is probably the best example of what I was talking about. It's so incredibly lame. At first I couldn't believe that something so cheesy and bland came from oM. It sounds like something you'd hear a beginner rock guitarist playing in a music store.
>>62001324 ye, renew the plaintiff is one of my favorite tracks of his
>>62001502 Honestly anon, you can use as many apologetic words as you want and I can respond with more and more criticism but the fact of the matter is just that I'm a really big fan of oM who usually listens to these albums hundreds of times and I'm disappointed with this one.
>>62001575 well its just a matter of fact how many phrases a song contains and I was asking about staccato because I can only assume this is whats sounding cheesy to you. yeah its kinda dancey and silly at times.
Met Kevin Barnes at a solo show in Kamalzoo Michigan. It was at a small church and I got their really early and was able to listen to him preform some Bowie songs for sound check, just me him and the audio guy. Cherished memory, as he complemented my shirt and later that night be signed my copy of his documentary and I got to listen to him talk about Bowie, this was 2014. He was really demure, but chill, no crew or did everything himself
Literally the best day of the whole year since I also made out with a cutie and was offered sex.
Clip form that show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UlkCqoA4sI
Listening to Paralytic Stalks for the first time in a couple months, I almost forgot how amazing this record is. Tell me, /mu/. Why did this album receive such relatively lukewarm reviews when it could easily go toe-to-toe with Hissing Fauna for best OM album? Im surprised this album wasn't beloved by the indie community
>>62001914 He would be the new Bowie if it weren't for the fact that their fanbase has been dwindling ever since Skeletal Lamping. It's sad, really. Sure, there were some not-great albums, but they've completely fallen out of favor with the indie scene (at least, that's how I see it). And I dont think that's fair, because Kevin's released some gems since Hissing Fauna. But so it goes, I guess >>62001930 224 West 16th street is actually in NY, where a lot of Aureate Gloom was written. Incidentally, the neighborhood it's located in is called Chelsea, which explains the line in that same song >Now that I am free and almost alone down in Chelsea, I feel better
Genuinely my favorite band of all time. I've hung out with Kevin after shows in New Orleans many times. Really nice, approachable and interesting guy who likes gin and tonics. Can't wait for the new album, the sneak peaks on instagram sound really good.
>>62002433 Kevin Barnes is an oddity in that his style is hard to copy most because it is ever changing. The only real constant is the unique lyrical style.
I would argue some singers like Janelle monae tryed to inmate his style, but usually its very direct. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LzIoqUfOBI&list=RD6LzIoqUfOBI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNA1N0owKdE
As far as influence Kevin just produced the new pillar point album coming out soon and it can be heard in the mixing, and even the vocals (as he provides backup.
Why does this get so much hate, it is literally a more coherent cherry peel. Although they are also my fav band and even his worst is still very good.
Most OM fans haven't heard it, buts its as good, if not the best of Kevin's early stuff
>twee, light pop, 60's feel, earliest OM out there Got this as a part of the Kickstarter documentary there making, I hope someone enjoys this, as their my favorite band.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tY6TUVBKMM (YT: of Montreal - Drachnids (2:35))Click to play video inline. (embed) (YT: of Montreal - Drachnids (2:35))Click to play video inline. (YT: of Montreal - Drachnids (2:35)
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