Entries tagged with: of Montreal
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Foxygen @ MHOW 10/8/2014
of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, The Dodos, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, and Jacco Gardner are a few of the artists who'll be contributing to Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2. For it they mailed an artist an old Tascam 4-track recorder to record two songs to tape. When they finished, the mailed the machine to the next artist, and so on and so on. Subscribers to the series will receive a limited edition, two-song 7" each month in 2015, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Subscriptions are available now and the full roster of 2015 participating artists is below.
Speaking of Foxygen, they were in NYC not too long ago for two shows promoting their new album, ...And Star Power. We posted pictures from Webster Hall already, but now we've got a belated set from Music Hall of Williamsbug, including openers Jungle Green. More pictures below.
THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist - of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes - whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he's forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question - is this really worth it?Jason Miller's of Montreal documentary, The Past is a Grotesque Animal, is a very up-close, very personal look at the band and main man Kevin Barnes in particular. The film opens around the country this week at limited engagements. Screening dates are listed below. We're premiering an exclusive clip from the film which you can watch, along with the film's trailer, below.
NYC can see The Past is a Grotesque Animal at the IFC Center on Friday (6/20) and Saturday (6/21) at 9:45 PM and 11:45 PM. The Friday early show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the three other screenings. If you'd like to go for free, we've got a few pairs of tickets to give away to the non-sold-out screenings. Each winner will also get a vinyl copy of Of Montreal's latest LP, Lousy with Sylvainbriar. Details below.
Of Montreal, the band, will be on a tour this fall which doesn't hit NYC. List of screening dates, that exclusive clip, trailer, and contest details, below...
Pillar Point (aka onetime Throw Me the Statue singer Scott Reitherman) released his debut album earlier this year via Polyvinyl. Current single "Echoes" just got remixed by Zoolab, and that track makes its premiere in this post.
Having just played Sasquatch, Pillar Point are currently on a headlining US tour that includes a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on June 15 (tickets). This fall, Pillar Point opens for of Montreal on tour, which unfortuantely does not hit the NYC area. (oM did just play here in April.) All tour dates are listed, along with the remix stream, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks @ Bowery Ballroom 4/21/2014
Animal Collective's Avey Tare released Enter the Slasher House earlier this month via Domino and he and his Slasher Flicks are currently on tour in support. That tour hit NYC last night (4/21) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. The band -- which includes Angel Deradoorian -- played in near darkness, save for a few glowing skulls on stage. Spooky. Dustin Wong, who played with Deradoorian the night before at Baby's All Right, opened the show with his impressive loop pedal skills. Pictures from the show are in this post.
i like how much he sings and how many different words he uses without articulating anything penetrable on any simple human "emotional" level. though it is very emotive, just in a more abstract sort of way. it is as if a policemanhumanshield-constructed garden was viewed by all as pornographic and gained some heavy notoriety. lots of desperation/repetition and shaking of a friend by the shoulders and very little storming off in a huff, virtually no huff to speak of, and i do appreciate that. the gnarly things we might find if pulling up the carpeting in a bathroom during a renovation, a decrepit inner city house being flipped yet enough mountain laughter to make it worth the effort. the outlaw is the future. the future. the future. the future. i've always cheered for this man and his wildly talented friends. it's no surprise to me that this album kicks so much ass.If you haven't checked out the album, it's streaming via Rdio. More pics from last nights' show below...
The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.
There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.
Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).
There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.
Kevin Barnes w/ of Montreal, Northside Fest 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Next week, of Montreal will start their spring tour which hits NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on May 11. Tickets are still available. About a month before that (April 11) at LPR, frontman Kevin Barnes will be playing a solo show. Tickets are on sale now.
In other news, of Montreal have a couple Record Store Day releases lined up. First is a 10th Anniversary edition of Satanic Panic in the Attic on double vinyl, and the second disc contains seven additional tracks.
The other is a 7" featuring the song "Jigsaw Puzzle" which was recorded during the same sessions as last year's Lousy with Sylvianbriar. You can stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
Brazilian duo Boogarins released their psych-pop-heavy LP, As Plantas Que Curam, last year via Other Music Recording Company. The band have a new video for album cut "Erre" which features some cool old-school animation and you can watch that below.
Having already let us know they were playing SXSW and Austin Psych Fest, Boogarins have announced their first full-scale North American tour. Some of those dates are with Merge-signed Vertical Scratchers (John Schmersal of Brainiac/Enon's new band), including that band's NYC show at Glasslands on March 25. Tickets are still available.
Before Austin Psych Fest, Boogarins will have a few dates with Temples, and after they'll open a few shows for of Montreal. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
of Montreal at Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pop weirdos of Montreal haven't really left the road since their fall 2013 release of Lousy With Syvianbriar, and that won't change anytime soon. They've just announced another North American run, which includes a leg with Why?-related band Dream Tiger that hits NYC on May 11 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, fellow Elephant 6 bands Neutral Milk Hotel and Elf Power continue the NYC run of their current tour which includes sold-out shows at Webster Hall tonight (1/27) and Tuesday (1/28). If you missed it, check out our review of the Capitol Theatre show.
of Montreal also just made a video for "She Ain't Speakin' Now" off Lousy With Syvianbriar, which you can watch, along with the list of tour dates, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: La Luz - Big Big Blood (MP3)
As mentioned, Seattle's finest surf quartet, La Luz, are opening for Of Montreal at the second of two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg (October 28). Tickets are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public Friday (8/2) at noon. From that show on, La Luz are on the rest of the Of Montreal tour. Hopefully, they'll add a small headlining show in NYC before they start. They were just terrific when they played NYC earlier this month, and if you're going to see Of Montreal on this tour, definitely make a point to arrive early.
Meanwhile, La Luz have let it be known they have signed with Hardly Art and the label will release their debut album, It's Alive, on October 15. The record contains a few songs from the Damp Face, but neither side of their recent 7" on Suicide Squeeze. You can download "Big Big Blood" from the album above and stream it below.
All La Luz tour dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist, and song stream, below.
of Montreal at Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pop weirdos of Montreal have a new album, lousy with sylvianbriar, due out on October 8 via Polyvinyl, and
while no touring plans have been revealed for it yet, the band did announce two NYC shows. Those shows happen on October 27 and 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Night 1 is being opened by Surface to Air Missive and night 2 is being opened by Seattle's surfy La Luz. Tickets for both of those shows go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (8/2) at noon. Those are of Montreal's only two currently announced dates. UPDATE: A full tour was just announced (via Pitchfork), and most shows are with La Luz. All dates are listed, along with a stream of the single from the new album, "fugitive air," below...
Of Montreal return with a new album, titled lousy with sylvianbriar, on October 8 via their longtime label Polyvinyl. That's the cover art above. The record was recorded in San Francisco with engineer Drew Vandenberg (Deerhunter, Toro y Moi), with the full OM band, and was made in only three weeks. Says main man Kevin Barnes:
I knew I wanted the process to be more in line with the way people used to make albums in the late 60s and early 70s. I wanted to work fast and to maintain a high level of spontaneity and immediacy. I wanted the songs to be more lyric driven, and for the instrumental arrangements to be understated and uncluttered.There's definitely a '70s vibe to first single "fugitive air," with some very prominent slide guitar. You can stream it -- and check out the album's tracklist -- below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Of Montreal / Ducktails @ Savannah Stopover, 3/8/2013
Amazingly, Athens-based of Montreal's gig was their first ever in Savannah.As mentioned, the Savannah Stopover happened over the weekend in its namesake Georgia town with bands from all over the world playing on their way to SXSW. BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was there the whole weekend and here are pics from Friday (3/8), including shots of Of Montreal, Braids, Ducktails, Chris Cohen and more. Check them out below.
Of Montreal's show in the park was also the first time the sweeping backdrop of our so-called band shell was used to full effect. Surreal and colorful, the dancing images looked almost as wonderful from a distance as the ridiculous stage theatrics appeared up close.
That event might have been the signature event of the third annual indie music festival that lures many bands headed to Austin for SXSW, but there were plenty of other gems.
Thursday's opening night lineup was especially impressive.
To get the festival rolling, the rich sounds of The Last Bison filled up the glorious North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Museum. The music ended about six hours later, with Mac DeMarco finishing his set by crowd surfing at The Jinx.
In between, a couple of dozen acts played at a variety of downtown venues, including Thurston Moore and his new band Chelsea Light Moving in the beautifully renovated ballroom at the Knights of Columbus on Liberty Street. - [Savannah Now]
Of Montreal at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Of Montreal, who will be in Savannah tonight for Savannah Stopover, have just announced a spring tour which brings the band to NYC on May 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That show and many others on the tour are with Wild Moccasins. It's a pretty intimate venue for the band, who played the larger Webster Hall a few times last year and, knowing Of Montreal, things should get pretty crazy. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/13) at noon.
The band also just recorded an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. You can watch that video and check out all dates listed below...
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
by Bill Pearis
Foxygen @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Foxygen, who were one of the breakout bands at CMJ this year, will release We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic on January 22 via Jagjaguwar records. You can pre-order the album now with a few different "bundle" options. We've got the premiere of video for "Shuggie," which is the album's first single. The black-and-white clip, directed by Ulysses///Onasis, features a lot of people running while carrying giant boxes. Some other stuff happens too, with a very messy ending, but we don't want to spoil it for you, as you can watch it below. The song itself is typical of Foxygen's cross-polination pop approach, that is a little Elton John and a little Jim Morrison, among other things.
Meanwhile, Foxygen are taking their highly-entertaining live show on the road, including some December shows with Of Montreal on their tour which hits NYC on December 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available. Then in 2013, they'll go out with Jagjaguwar labelmates Unknown Mortal Orchestra (but not at their NYC show) for a tour that will take them from the South across the bottom of America and then a trip up the West Coast.
A list of all upcoming dates and the "Shuggie" video, below...
Bob Mould at one of the last Copper Blue shows, FFF 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
And now it's time to say farewell to Copper Blue. I'm not retiring the songs -- many of them will be in my live sets forever -- but I am putting the "start to finish" reading of Copper Blue to rest after playing it at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA on October 30 and then at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin TX on November 2.Sugar's catalog was recently reiussed by Merge in the US, and will see a UK/EU release via Demon Music Group on December 10th.
It was wonderful to pay tribute to Copper Blue by opening the 2012 shows with a start to finish reading of the album. By the end of the North American tour it felt a bit predictable. The longtime followers know my restlessness all too well, so my need to shake things up should be no surprise.
It's not that Bob Mould is one of those types of guys who would always rather showcase new material, in fact, he's always been one to celebrate his back catalog. Case and point, his See a Little Light documentary which is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter.
Last November at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, some of today's most influential artists gathered to celebrate the music of Bob Mould. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Ryan Adams, No Age, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Margaret Cho with Grant Lee Phillips, and Jessica Dobson (The Shins, Deep Sea Diver) all performed songs from Bob's historic catalog... Fortunately, the entire evening was captured in stunning audio and high-quality video quality by filmmaker Justin Mitchell.Mould is currently around 20% toward his $95k goal, which ends in 37 days. Contribute if you can. Video on the project is below, beside a string of tour dates.
Bob Mould's next date with NYCers goes down on 2/8/13 at Highline Ballroom, where he'll be DJing alongside his Blowoff partner Richard Morel (tickets). Their last Blowoff party at the venue was on 11/9.
While we're on the subject of Kickstarter, Of Montreal is also looking to do a concert film of their own titled Song Dynasties. The band is currently around 1/3 of the way toward their $75,000 goal in 26 days. Contribute here, but first check out their video presentation below. below.
Of Montreal is on tour this fall, and will play NYC at Webster Hall on December 11th as part of a larger tour. All dates are listed again below...
Of Montreal at McCarren Park in June (more by Joe McCabe)
Of Montreal are set to release a rarities compilation called Daughter of Cloud on October 23 via Polyvinyl. The album compiles 17 tracks recorded from 2007 to present, 10 of which were never released and the other seven which were previously issued on limited edition, rare, or out of print releases. You can stream one of the album's tracks, "Sails, Hermaphroditic," and check out the cover art and tracklist below.
Of Montreal will also be going on a North American tour this fall, which brings them back to NYC for a show at Webster Hall on December 11, where they played twice earlier this year. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday, September 12 at noon.
In related news, Kevin Barnes' wife Nina Barnes (who has worked with Of Montreal in the past) has teamed up with Orenda Fink of Azure Ray to form the duo Harouki Zombi, who will release their first EP, Objet Petit A, on October 23 via Polyvinyl. The EP includes a track written by Kevin Barnes ("Vacated Hunters") and was produced by Todd Fink of The Faint. You can stream the EP's title track and check out the tracklist below.
A list of all dates, song streams, cover art, and tracklists are below...
photo via Stephen Cramer
A memorial service for Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss, who passed away on July 30, went down at the 40 Watt in Athens on August 4th. Friends and family, like Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, Robert Schneider, Bryan Poole, Jason NeSmith, Derek Almstead, and Eric Harris, gathered to tell stories and perform songs in tribute to their Elephant 6 brother...
A slide show portrayed Doss with his family, friends and performing with band members and musicians. Others captured a combination of serious and funny portraits.Watch a 12 minute clip from the Georgia event, below...
"Bill was a beautiful soul who left the world in a better state than he found it," said Jason NeSmith, lead guitarist of Casper & the Cookies. "I love him like a brother."
When a stream of performers and others who were close to Doss spoke to the gathering, they emphasized laughter, family and music.
A tearful reading of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" started the line of conversations and acoustic performances.
Robert Schneider, lead vocalist and guitarist of Apples in Stereo, recounted the time he first met Doss. [redandblack]
photos by Joe McCabe
of Montreal at McCarren Park - 6/15/12
Starting with a long drum intro, the band went straight into "Suffer For Fashion" followed by one of the only two new songs of the night. Each song, however was a powerhouse. "She's A Rejector" had the crowd jumping; "St. Exquisite's Confessions" had everyone swaying to sexy saxophones; a cover of "Immigrant Song" had the audience headbanging. There was a hefty dose of Hissing Fauna and Skeletal Lamping tunes, including all 14 minutes of "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" which I still hold to be their best live song. The 10 minute slow burn crescendo of a song, featuring K. Ishibashi's screechy violin and Barnes strained yells (when he goes into a gravelly scream, he sounds best), was an appropriate set closer, juxtaposing the low volume of the set before it. The sound issues weren't the bands fault: the event just happened to be in the middle of a semi-residential area. [CMJ]of Montreal played a Northside show at McCarren Park last Friday (6/15) with Jens Lekman, The Thermals, and Beach Fossils before heading to Toronto for NXNE. Pictures of Jens Lekman from McCarren Park are HERE. More pics and the setlist from of Montreal's set are below...
Jens Lekman @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jens Lekman, whose upcoming Brooklyn show with Of Montreal was moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park, now reports:
"Regarding Northside Festival in NY this Friday - Me and my band had unexplained difficulties with our visas resulting in the band not being able to make it. This is very frustrating to me as I have been rehearsing with the band for weeks and we were going to perform a whole new set. Neverthless, I was able to find a way to make it by myself. So instead I will be doing a solo acoustic set before Of Montreal and YOU will have to be my band. I'll do some classics, you sing along, we'll have a good time. "$37.58 tickets are still on sale or you can get in with your Northside Badge.
The BrooklynVegan showcase, which will have openers announced shortly, is also that same night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Caveman and Frankie Rose. Tickets are also still on sale (or stop by with your Northside Badge).
Listen to a new Jens song HERE.
As you may have heard, Jens Lekman is playing the Northside Festival next week, a big outdoor show that was recently moved to McCarren Park on June 15 with Of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils. It's his only North American date at this time.
Wouldn't you know it, Jens has a new album coming out, I Know What Love Isn't, his first in five years which will be out September 4 on Secretly Canadian. Here's Jon Coombs' forward to the album that Jens just posted on his website:
Tracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang "Oh Jens, oh Jens / your songs seem to look through a different lens / you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun." A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when he found himself very confused and in doubt. He was changing and, subsequently, so were his songs. They weren't looking through that lens anymore.That's the album art above and you can hear the first single, Prefab Sprout-y "Erica America," below along with the album tracklist and a list of all current tour dates.
I Know What Love Isn't came out of a break up, something Jens didn't see as worth writing about at first. The songs began more fleeting than the last go around, on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. The songs began building from images and memories and soon began to take their own route, one that Lekman wasn't privy to their destination. In "The World Moves On" he paints a picture of a sweltering summer in the city of Melbourne where he lived while writing and recording the album. The hot days that led up to the Black Saturday bushfires, but also more mundane images of feeding possums in a park or getting in trouble with some guy on a scooter. It seems to lead nowhere at first but the aimlessness in itself reaches heartbreaking conclusions later on, summed up by the soaring chorus "and you don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully". Like Joan Didion once said that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, Jens wrote until he caught up with his thoughts. And of course they led him right back to the break up.
Musically, I Know What Love Isn't chooses an economic route. From the vast palette he created for Kortedala, he's only chosen a few sombre colors this time around. There are strings but not a string section, an upright piano and not a grand, a single saxophone and gracenotes from a flute. The songs are lighter, almost aerodynamic, Jens explains - "I wanted the songs to take off almost unnoticeably, where the chorus is separated from the verse only through a small detail like a tambourine or a harmony. Like when you're in an airplane taking off and you look out the window and realize you're already in the air." A dry country piano makes "Become Someone Else's" lift high. Vocals from Melbourne singer Sophie Brous makes the chorus in "Erica America" soar. Strings pick up the title track and send it up to the sky without much effort or force.
In the latter, Lekman once again points the way to distill essential truths from every day life vignettes while singing about a sham marriage. "I thought of the Friday nights when I'd be cruising up and down the street with my best friend in her old crappy Holden, talking about getting married to get me into the country. The idea was so appealing, that we would build this constructed relationship around a purpose rather than some vague feeling that could change at anytime. But in the end, the sham marriage is much too great a story to be kept secret. At least when you make a living from telling stories."
And that's what I Know What Love Isn't... is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.