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Interview:
Of Montreal leader already has next project in his sights
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Of Montreal is still actively supporting its latest album, "Lousy With Sylvianbriar," which came out in October. But frontman Kevin Barnes is already looking forward.

"To be honest, I've moved past it and started looking for what's next," says the Ohio-born Barnes, 39, who formed Of Montreal during 1996 in Athens, Ga. "('...Sylvianbriar') feels old to me. I'm proud of it. I'm happy with the way it turned out and the way we approached it and the way we accomplished what we were going for.

"So I'm still happy with it, but things are slowly evolving now into a new record."

Of Montreal and the making of "...Sylvianbriar" are the subject of an upcoming documentary, "The Past is a Grotesque Animal," that's due out this year. Barnes, meanwhile, is enjoying the fact that the's "sort of freed myself from any sort of long-term entanglements as far as people in the band and people I'm working with. I can basically pick whatever musicians I want to work with from album to album, from song to song." And while he's not about to repeat what he did on '...Sylvianbriar' -- or anything before, for that matter -- Barnes expects to subscribe to the same sonic conventions as that album.

"We recorded on an analog tape machine on '...Sylvianbriar,' and the seven or so records before that were all done on computer," Barnes notes. "I got used to working on the computer, but now it feels lame, just working with the mouse and the computer motherboard.

"So I'll probably stick with the analog recording approach, even though it's harder work and costs more, I feel like it gives the project an identity and a personality or a character that's special. There's very few people recording onto tape machines anymore, but I think the results are worth it."

Of Montreal and Dream Tiger perform Wednesday, May 14, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Call 313-964-7625 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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