Here’s 71 Seconds Of Kevin Barnes Doing A New Song Called “Enemy Gene”

We leave you today with a highly melodic, ultra-bearded peak inside the mind of of Montreal mainbrain Kevin Barnes, who today tweeted a link to a vid featuring a song he’s calling “Enemy Gene.” It’s a little less loopy and certainly less realized than the similarly home-made clip of new stuff he showed off in his Progress Report, but no less promising. The lyrics are playing with metaphors on a genetic level, hoping for Darwinism in his heart’s evolution, winding up feeling like a dodo instead. Pertinent questions:

“How can I trust my fractious heart knowing that I have the enemy gene?” and “How can we ever evolve when our Gods are so primitive?” The Beatles shine through the curves of this progression in that E6 way, more apparent because it’s nothing but Kevin and his piano, maybe, but its roots are showing. Not that this tune needs adorning, but half the fun is going to be seeing how it mutates once it’s spun around that home studio. Listen, and beware of beard:

So pretty. And yet so highly chromosomal. The tentatively titled False Priest is expected in August or September, with Jon Brion getting an engineering credit. Probably, I mean, Kevin and Jon are at work figuring that part out. Lots more tidbits from Mr. Barnes on the new album right here.

We’ll see what’s in store for this upcoming tour:
01/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head
01/26 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
01/27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
01/28 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
01/29 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
01/30 – Richmond, VA @ The National
02/03 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
02/03 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
02/05 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
02/06 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom