About of Montreal
The brainchild of musician Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal were among the second wave of bands to emerge from the sprawling Elephant 6 collective in the 1990s. A style-shifting, influence-assimilating songwriter with a notably wordy lyrical style, Barnes debuted the project with a tuneful lo-fi sound indebted to the psychedelic pop of the Beatles on 1997's Cherry Peel. With a rotating membership, Of Montreal further explored '60s psychedelia on 1999's The Gay Parade, eventually traversing expansive indie pop (2004's Satanic Panic in the Attic), darker glam (2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?), and indie electro-funk (2010's False Priest, a Billboard 200 Top 40 album). 2012's Paralytic Stalks reached new levels of density before 2013's Lousy with Sylvianbriar opted for an unpredictably straightforward folk-rock. With Barnes' personal life influencing the project's musical whims more and more, Of Montreal's 16th studio album, 2020's Ur Fun, reflected relationship stability with club-friendly dance-rock.