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Album Review: Of Montreal “Aureate Gloom”

On March 3rd the American band Of Montreal released their thirteenth studio album Aureate Gloom following their 2013 album Lousy with Sylvianbriar. Despite their extensive discography Of Montreal doesn’t fail to surprise us with their experimental sounds, contagious beats and unique lyrics present in every album they release. Aureate Gloom is no exception, it is combination of the main elements that make up Of Montreal. Sound wise, Aureate Gloom resembles their highly praised Hissing Fauna, Are You a Destroyer? and lyrically resembles Lousy with Sylvianbriar. Influences from both records shine through in Aureata Gloom along with a blend of psychedelia and hard rock.

The album starts off with Bassem Sabry. This track doesn’t just stand out for its cheerful indie greatness or for the lyric that mentions the name of the album but also because it does not resemble any of the other nine tracks. Although it may be misleading to the rest of the album’s style, Bassem Sabry is definitely one of the best tracks on the record.a3185810100_10

Five minute long Last Rites at the Jane Hotel is track number two, Empyrean Abbatoir follows with it’s dark, mood altering lyrics. Aluminum Crown is the fourth track on the album and easily one of the most psychedelic songs on the record. The song smoothly builds up to a surreal psychedelic state with overlapping rattling synths and lyrics in which Kevin Barnes talks about his “Troubled dreams”. Virgilian Lots is lyrically sharp with an incredibly powerful ending that completes the song in a way only Of Montreal perfectly transitioning into the 90’s alternative influenced Monolithic Egress.

Estocadas is easily one of the best songs on Aureate Gloom, it’s one perfect example of genre variation. From the start of this track Of Montreal captures you with Estocadas smooth alternative sound and not only is it alternative but also funky and the violins added throughout the song in combination with synths make this song one of the best listens on the album. On Chthonian Dirge For Uruk The Other, although short, a Sonic Youth noise rock influence is evident. Aureate Gloom ends with the very Smashing Pumpkins sounding Like Ashokas Inferno of Memory which also shows us Of Montreals ability to make genre variation work.

Aureate Gloom is a fun album that although it lacked ballads such as their previously released Obsidian Currents and Sires of Your Toxic Spirit, that didn’t stop them from releasing their best record yet since Hissing Fauna. On March 19, Of Montreal will perform at South by South West in Austin Texas and will continue their tour across the U.S in support of Aureate Gloom all through the beginning of April.

 

Tracklist

01 Bassem Sabry
02 Last Rites At The Jane Hotel
03 Empyrean Abbatoir
04 Aluminum Crown
05 Virgillian Lots
06 Monolithic Egress
07 Apollyon Of Blue Room
08 Estocadas
09 Chthonian Dirge For Uruk The Other
10 Like Ashoka’s Inferno of Memory

Tour Dates

March 17 Oklahoma City, OK – ACM UCO Performance Lab
March 18 Houston, TX – Walter’s DowntownMarch 19 Austin, TX – SXSW
March 20 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls *
March 21 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto *
March 22 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent *
March 23 Los Angeles, CA – Largo, The Coronet
March 24 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
March 25 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s *
March 26 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
March 27 Seattle, WA – Neumos *
March 28 Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival
March 29 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
March 30 Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen *
March 31 Denver, CO – Bluebird *
April 01 Lawrence, KS – The Granada *
April 02 Dallas, TX – Trees *
April 03 Austin, TX – The Mohawk *
April 04 New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf *