Video: Of Montreal – “Spiteful Intervention”

Of Montreal dropped the music video for “Spiteful Intervention”, which makes viewers feel as if they dropped some acid. Here, we see frontman Kevin Barnes, but not before a pulsating blob of autumnal colors sketches his likeness. Toward the end we see what looks like a dragon, sort of with the distorted mouth of Munch’s ‘The Scream’. I don’t know what I’m looking at exactly, but I don’t think I’m supposed to. What does your mind allow you to see? Along a track like “Spiteful Intervention”, let it take you anywhere.

The track is off Paralytic Stalks, which was released on February 7th. Polyvinyl said that Paralytics Stalks contains “an infinitely more personal nature than anything Kevin Barnes has written since 2007?s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?“, considered one of the band’s best albums. It’s useless attempting to singularly describe the direction of a Kevin Barnes release, but Polyvinyl does a commendable job of mixing and matching: “Paralytic Stalks at times resembles modern classical with its intricate compositions, while at others echoes of neo-prog, pseudo-country, and 60s pop can be heard.” Their previous two albums, Skeletal Lamping and False Priest, had a mixed response, though I personally loved the latter.

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04-25 London, England – Koko
04-26 Brighton, England – Concorde 2
04-27 Paris, France – Trianon
04-28 Nantes, France – Stereolux
04-29 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo
04-30 Madrid, Spain – Joy Eslava
05-02 Nice, France – Theatre Lino Ventura
05-03 Rome, Italy – Circolo degli artisti
05-04 Milan, Italy – Magnolia
05-05 Krems, Austria – Donau Festival
05-07 Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
05-09 Istanbul, Turkey – Babylon
06-12 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater *
06-13 Richmond, VA – The National *
06-14 Towson, MD – Recher Theater *
06-15 Brooklyn, NY – Northside Festival
06-16 Toronto, Ontario – NXNE
06-17 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar *
06-18 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom *
06-19 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre *
06-20 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom *
08-19 Powys, Wales – Green Man Festival
08-23 Pully, Switzerland – For Noise Festival

* with Chappo and Yip Deceiver


MP3: Of Montreal – I’m So Tired

MP3: Of Montreal – L’age D’or

MP3: Of Montreal – Sex Karma

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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