In a way, I kind of miss the days when Of Montreal gave us songs like “Disconnect the Dots” and “The Party’s Crashing Us” and even “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal”. Paralytic Stalks seems a different beast entirely, filled with further psychedelic pop experimentation than we’re used to from Kevin Barnes and company. The more I listen to it, the more I get it. This album is not supposed to be an easy listen.
“Dour Percentage” is the first single from the new album, and as singles go it’s a little catchier and a little more accessible than the rest of Paralytic Stalks. There are elements here that are a bit new to Of Montreal — the inclusion of woodwinds, the sheer complexity in song composition, and the intensely personal nature of songwriting. We’ve heard these before from time to time, namely in more recent years Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? to now.
Of Montreal continues to demonstrate they are a band to be reckoned with, one to be taken seriously, and one capable of intricate musicianship and songwriting. To sum it up, “Dour Percentage” may not be the easiest Of Montreal song to listen to. This continues throughout Paralytic Stalks. But some of the best albums begin this way; they grow on you, get under your skin, are well ahead of their time, and ultimately become genius works of art in their own unique way.
I strongly believe this will be that type of album.
Paralytic Stalks arrives February 7 via Polyvinyl Records.
Download: “Dour Percentage” by Of Montreal