It’s easy to take Kevin Barnes for granted. Over thirteen full-lengths and just about as many changes in style, of Montreal have refused to sit still for almost two decades. Everyone has their favorite oM era — mine’s Satanic Panic through Skeletal Lamping — but, above all, the band has always possessed a remarkable consistency. Barnes’ last two efforts, Paralytic Stalks and Lousy With Sylvianbriar, have been strong outings with a lot of things to like about each of them, and Aureate Gloom follows suit. The album was written after Barnes and his wife separated — “I went off on some sort of journey, living a bit recklessly, a bit wildly, and just sort of reestablishing my sense of identity,” he told us in an interview last year — and it’s just as personal and affecting as you might expect. We’ve already heard lead singles “Bassem Sabry” and “Empyrean Abattoir,” and now you can stream the full record over on NPR.
Aureate Gloom is out 3/3 via Polyvinyl.