Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom [Review]

Faithful to the existing archetypes created by frontman Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal’s Aureate Gloom delivers the sound die-hard fans have come to know and love with lyrics that are imbued with a sense of emotional urgency and breadth of scope that has not been present since the band’s 2007 Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

The oxymoronic title is one that Barnes states best describes his mental state leading up to the album’s creation. Beautiful and gloomy, wonderful and bleak. This is a duality that is present in nearly all of the band’s albums to date and seems to be a fulcrum upon which rests the direction of each track, often switching, speeding, or slowing abruptly evoking a chaotic miss-mash of madness and emotion that is so real it almost hurts.

In what is perhaps the most confessional album since Hissing Fauna, Aureate Gloom from start to finish gives a glimpse into Barnes’ dark and beautiful inner world where, despite the specificity of the words, the listener may be able to see their own histories in the reflection of Barne’s manic open eyes.

The album draws from 1970’s era sources to produce a funky and danceable Of Montreal-esque sound. There is great pacing from one track to the next, ebbing and flowing from the high energy of “Bassem Sabry” (above) – the politically charged track named for the Egyptian journalist who died tragically in the spring of 2014 – through to “Last Rites At the Jane Hotel” to the soft pulse of “Empyrean Abattoir,” which boasts some of the most charged words in the entire work. The back and forth continues throughout the album, often within the tracks themselves, such as in “Aluminum Crown” and “Virgilian Lots,” until the record’s cathartic culmination in “Like Ashoka’s Inferno Of Memory.”

Like their last record Lousy with Silvianbriar, Aureate Gloom was recorded directly to tape, accounting for the impeccable sound production quality and richness of tones.

Of Montreal is perhaps one of the most energetic and sensational live performances currently touring. We have included below a list of their upcoming tour dates for those who have not yet had the privilege to see them play and for those who have and know for what they are in store.

03/05 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt & ^

03/06 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle &

03/07 – Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club &

03/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer &

03/09 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s % &

03/10 – Boston, MA @ Paradise % &

03/11 – NYC, NY @ Webster Hall &

03/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom %

03/13 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro %

03/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall %

03/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave %

03/16 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room %

03/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM – UCO Performance Lab %

03/18 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown % &

03/20 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls #

03/21 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto #

03/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent #

03/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo – The Coronet

03/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall # !

03/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s #

03/26 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #

03/27 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos #

03/28 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest

03/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge # =

03/30 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen #

03/31 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird #

04/01 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada #

04/02 – Dallas, TX @ Trees #

04/03 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #

04/04 – New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf #

04/20 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt

04/21 – Liverpool, UK @ The Kazimier

04/22 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly

04/23 – Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe

04/24 – Bristol, UK @ The Thekla

04/25 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso

04/26 – Belgium, Brussels @ Botanique

04/27 – Paris, France @ Cafe de la Dance – Clap Your Hands Festival

% w/ Deerhoof

& w/ Yonatan Gat

^ w/ Ruby The Rabbitfoot

# w/ Yip Deceiver

! w/ Springtime Carnivore

= w/ Generationals

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