OF MON­TREAL

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Aure­ate Gloom ★★★★

Polyvinyl

Of Mon­treal’s sound has al­ways veered wildly – from psy­che­delic pop to vaudeville – with Kevin Barnes’s scat­ter­shot cre­ativ­ity the en­ergy that binds, and this 13th record is no ex­cep­tion. Around Sa­tanic Panic in the At­tic in 2004, Barnes took to writ­ing mostly by him­self, spear­head­ing a fruit­ful pe­riod which cul­mi­nated in 2007’s ma­jes­tic Hiss­ing Fauna, Are You the De­stroyer? Aure­ate Gloom builds on those pre­vi­ously ex­plored worlds; disco meets heavy gui­tars on Bassem Sabry, Empyrean Abat­toir’s skele­tal per­cus­sion morphs into garage-rock, and the Marc Bolan-in­spired Monolithic Egress sits be­side the punk of Chtho­nian Dirge for Uruk the Other. It chan­nels Lou Reed and The Mod­ern Lovers, and clearly ref­er­ences The Kinks, but Barnes’s use of evoca­tive lan­guage is all his own. ofmon­treal.net

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