Though Kevin Barnes said he was inspired by very modern sounds on of Montreal’s new record, Innocence Reaches, lead single “It’s Different for Girls” definitely has a funk throwback vibe to it. Even the just-released video harkens back to an era when dance party TV shows ruled the airwaves. Director Stephen Winter described the clip as, “a tribute to Ball Culture and phenomenal femaleness. To make all feel welcome, instead of competition dancers we brought in ‘Dance Enthusiasts’ for a celebration of ‘being alive, being fabulous, being yourself.'”
Not all the dance enthusiasts are women, either. Plenty are men dressed in drag, and plenty more are just brightly colored weirdos letting loose. The ‘girls’ I’m singing about in the song aren’t exclusively of the biologically female variety,” Barnes explained in a press release. “It’s more of a paean to all the wild-hearted counter culture groups of our species. In a way I feel like most of us transition back and forth, psychologically, between female and male and that sexual identity is a fluid concept.”
Check out the clip above. You can also have your own dance party at one of of Montreal’s forthcoming tour dates in support of the August 12th release of Innocence Reaches via Polyvinyl; find those dates here.