“Black Lion Massacre” is heavier and more discordant than your more recent soulful of Montreal fare. (Maybe the darkness of those Norwegian black metal he sang about on Hissing Fauna finally made a real impression.) The implosion opens the forthcoming five song EP, thecontrollersphere. The songs emerged from the False Priest sessions. Gather your earplugs:
You can grab the MP3 for the price of an email address here. If you’re unsure, maybe Barnes’ press release about the EP will convince you:
Here’s your folk record, I hope you like that I’ve carried on the tradition of such folk luminaries as Abu Bakr Khairat, Benny Moré and Nawal Al Zoghbi. These songs were written in Sunlandia, that’s where most of the folk songs are written now a days, and they were recorded up there, as well as in LA with Jon Brion, with no small contribution from Matt Chamberlain (drum du lum and yerba matte enthusiast) and K Ishibashi (my most modern classical friend). It is my hope that you can tolerate listening to this short EP in one sitting and appreciate it like a fine dining experience. Furthermore, the force that threw the green fuse anointed this protest album. It is a protest statement against the pneuma possessive. In fact this album is the voice of a desirous spirit that is aware of its positive zero chance of fulfillment or salvation or respite. There are many noisy moments that represent my attempt to communicate, in a sub human language, all that cannot be expressed with our earth tongue and all manners of mouth mechanisms. This little EP is a freak out record, have you ever seen anyone dancing to folk music? Well, like my fellow folk singing brother Bob Dylan once said, ‘I’d dance with you Maria, but my hands are on fire.’ Though, in this case, the world is roughly one year from extinction…or not.
Sure. Or this preview video:
The thecontrollershere tracklist:
01 “Black Lion Massacre”
02 “Flunkt Sass vs. the Root Plume”
03 “Holiday Call”
04 “L’age D’or”
05 “Slave Translator”
thecontrollersphere EP is out 4/26 via Polyvinyl. That same day Polyvinyl’s releasing What’s Weird?, a 128-page art book from of Montreal’s in-house artist David Barnes.