Kevin Barnes is the frontman of the glam-funk-freak band from Athens, Georgia. To know of Montreal is to love of Montreal. If you are a fan, you are a fan for life. The band of Montreal is not only a band, but a way of life.
Aureate Gloom is of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album recently dropped. “A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom. The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record: first on a writing retreat in New York City, then while demoing tracks in Athens, before finally recording at Sonic Ranch, just across the border from Juarez, Mexico in the Texan desert.
If you’re wondering what exactly would lead Barnes to use this epithet to describe his reality at the time, look no further than the songs themselves. While many bands rely on vague platitudes as an attempt to make their songs universally applicable, Barnes chooses to take the opposite tact — penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.
With Aureate Gloom, of Montreal have created one of the most unflinching, confessional and starkly emotional albums in their oeuvre.