Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Certified Banger #2

This week's C.B. is more of your typical banger than last weeks more laid back, melancholy track. The track, entitled "Gallery Piece", is off Of Montreal's upcoming new full length LP, Skeletal Lamping. Continuing in a similar musical vein as last year's excellent Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, the tracks that have leaked thus far are up tempo, danceable songs with interesting and convuluted lyrics. Lead singer Kevin Barnes has claimed that his inspiration for this album has been delving into a "black she-male" character. I'm not sure exactly what the fuck that means, and really it could just be some ridiculously pretentious shit coming from yet another musician taking themselves too seriously. But judging from past albums and live performances that I have gotten to check out, I would say that "black she-male" is code for glam as fuck. "Gallery Piece" starts off with a nice little guitar riff and pounding drums, and quickly turns into a banger with the addition of a glam-heavy bass line, some nifty keys and layered vocals. It is the layered vocals and crazy percussion that has allowed them to continue to be referred to as psych-pop and continued to garner them comparisons to the Beach Boys and Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles, and "Gallery Piece" is heavy on both of these elements, with an added dose of Prince style funk as well.

The lyrics are also intriguing, however, as with most Of Montreal songs it is hard to tell exactly what Barnes is talking about. If I had to guess, I would say it is Barnes coming to terms with the duality of relationships. He speaks of both, the loving nature of relationships and the hurtful things that we do to each other. On Hissing Fauna, Barnes was coming to terms with the seperation from his wife, and Skeletal Lamping could be dealing with his subsequent reconciliation with his wife. More specifically, it may be Barnes dealing with the ups and downs that are associated with an intense relationship. Who knows, I may be reading way too much into this, he could just be having a good time. Either way, the simple arrangement of the lyrics as well as their polarity, mesh well with the musical arranement making for a great song. I don't know if "Gallery Piece" is the standout track on Skeletal Lamping, but it is definitely one of the better ones, and it really took hold of me lyrically and musically upon first listen.

I have a feeling that Skeletal Lamping is going to be a motherfucking headliner, bitch, you dont even know it...PROCESS IT.

Skeletal Lamping drops on 21 October.

As always. check the track in the side bar.----------->

***NOTE: Imeem seems to be having some problems today, so the track will be up in the certified bangers side bar later tonight or tomorrow. For now, check the youtube link below. Audio is a little shit, but deal with it. Maybe Imeem players aren't pretty fucking great.


Black said...

Now that was a good post. I still hate you for being able to see this show...Die.

emjay said...

red shoes are pretentious.