9 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kevin Barnes is one of the most mercurial forces in indie rock, and on Paralytic Stalks, his eleventh of Montreal album, he scrambles his many obsessions—funk-pop party jams, confessional ballads, and avant-garde musique concrète—into a constantly confounding, utterly on-edge series of musical corridors. The Beatles-esque psychedelia of "Dour Percentage" glides along on lilting woodwinds and a fluctuating horn section, "Malefic Dowery" mixes painful recriminations with an acoustic toy-box whimsy, and "Ye, Renew the Plaintiff" is a fractured glam jam worthy of David Bowie.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kevin Barnes is one of the most mercurial forces in indie rock, and on Paralytic Stalks, his eleventh of Montreal album, he scrambles his many obsessions—funk-pop party jams, confessional ballads, and avant-garde musique concrète—into a constantly confounding, utterly on-edge series of musical corridors. The Beatles-esque psychedelia of "Dour Percentage" glides along on lilting woodwinds and a fluctuating horn section, "Malefic Dowery" mixes painful recriminations with an acoustic toy-box whimsy, and "Ye, Renew the Plaintiff" is a fractured glam jam worthy of David Bowie.

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