Athens psych poppers of Montreal will release their 13th studio album, Aureate Gloom, on March 3rd, 2015 via Polyvinyl Records.
The follow-up to 2013’s Lousy with Sylvianbriar saw frontman Kevin Barnes spend two weeks in New York City, drawing inspiration from “picturing himself as Tom Verlaine or Patti Smith from 40 years ago as he wandered around Chelsea and Greenwich Village,” according to a press release. Barnes then joined his bandmates in recording the 10-track effort at Texas’ Sonic Ranch.
Though of Montreal is noted for its ever-rotating lineup, Aureate Gloom features the same players as its predecessor: Clayton Rychlik (drums), Bob Parins (bass), Bennett Lewis (guitar), and JoJo Glidewell (keys), plus frequent collaborator/engineer Drew Vandenberg.
The resulting album is touted as one of the collective’s most personal to date, with lyrics that “sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.” Added Barnes, “I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just completely trashed. I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness.”
As our first preview, the band’s shared lead single/album opener “Bassem Sabry”. Don’t let the feel-good vibes and jangly, ’60s-inspired instrumentation fool you; under all that sonic sunshine are reflections on painful emotional growth and the traumatic experience of watching “your heroes fail.” Listen in below.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
Aureate Gloom 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
09. Chthonian Dirge For Uruk The Other
10. Like Ashoka’s Inferno of Memory
Here’s the album’s cover art: