of Montreal - UR FUN [FULL ALBUM STREAM]
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Kevin and Christina make out in a car at the airport, flipping off the police officer that tells them to keep moving. Kevin and Christina discuss taking ecstasy as couple’s therapy. Kevin and Christina break down and then reconnect. The new love we heard about on the last of Montreal record, White is Relic/Irrealis Mood, is settling. If that was the falling-in-love record, then this is the staying-in-love record. That was the easy part; this is the interesting part, the challenging part, the next chapter of Kevin Barnes’ autobiographical album streak, UR FUN.
The public diary that started with of Montreal’s classic album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? has continued into a growing string of increasingly personal works. On UR FUN, Barnes is more candid than ever, presenting ten concise electro-pop songs that expose the depths of his current life, his private thoughts—both optimistic and brooding—and his passionate relationship with songwriter Christina Schneider of Locate S,1. This ramped-up vulnerability has inspired Barnes to strip his stage persona of costumes and drag, just appearing as himself on recent tours for the first time in many years.
UR FUN contains a fundamental contradiction that will be familiar to of Montreal fans. The songs have a youthful, contemporary dance-pop feel, but contain dense, multidimensional, adult lyrics. UR FUN’s final moments bring the self-examination of the record full circle with some darker numbers that lament a lost friendship and slips of mental clarity. If the album’s bleak ending leaves you feeling hopeless, flip the record over again and remind yourself “Hush, hush, don’t let’s be negative.” This is all for fun after all.
1. Peace To All Freaks (0:00)
2. Polyaneurism (4:45)
3. Get God’s Attention By Being An Atheist (8:16)
4. Gypsy That Remains (featuring Locate S,1) (12:06)
5. You’ve Had Me Everywhere (16:26)
6. Carmillas Of Love (21:11)
7. Don’t Let Me Die In America (25:11)
8. St. Sebastian (28:47)
9. Deliberate Self-harm Ha Ha (32:53)
10. 20th Century Schizofriendic Revengoid-man (37:14)
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The brainchild of multifaceted musician Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal was 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 and formidable vocabulary, 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 went on to experiment further with '60s psychedelia on albums including 1999's The Gay Parade, eventually traversing more 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). Their highest-charting album, False Priest, reached number 34 on the Billboard 200. The group's 11th album, 2012's Paralytic Stalks, took their increasingly intricate psych-pop to new levels of density before the following year's Lousy with Sylvianbriar presented an unpredictably straightforward folk-rock. Still defying expectations, 2015's Aureate Gloom delved into proto-punk inspirations. Along the way, Of Montreal managed to gain a reputation for both sinuous musical modes and sharp pop hooks, and for lyrics that navigate detached (if warped) observation, personal heartbreak, and incisive sociopolitical commentary. Also a beloved live act known to employ elaborate costumes, role-playing, props, and supporting cast members on some tours -- and encouraging audiences of all persuasions -- Of Montreal issued the career-spanning live set Snare Lustrous Doomings in 2015. With Barnes' personal life influencing the project's musical whims more and more with time, Of Montreal's 16th studio album, 2020's Ur Fun, was a solo effort that reflected relationship stability with a club-friendly dance-rock.