Kevin Barnes Plans New Of Montreal Album For 2009, Side-Project With MGMT and Jon Brion

Kevin Barnes Plans New Of Montreal Album For 2009, Side-Project With MGMT and Jon Brion
Of Montreal's Skeletal Lamping may only be a few months old but that hasn't stopped the band from already working on its follow-up. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band's cross-dressing, pony-riding front-man Kevin Barnes revealed the group are working on a new "noiser," "mesmeric" album of "physical music," as well as a few other things.

"I'm slowly putting together some new stuff for the next record, like whenever I have a free moment," Barnes said. "I'm really excited, I've been working on a lot of ideas. I kind of want to go in a slightly different direction, experiment, try to look for a new spark, inspiration.

"What I want to do now is slightly noisier. It's sort of abstract in my mind, but right now what I'll create will be mesmeric and kind of physical music. Try to create music that you have a physical reaction to. Try to touch you on a level that's not strictly intellectual but more physical, and that's not to say you'll dance to it."

Barnes went on to say that this new direction comes from a rather unlikely place: a London cab. "The cab driver was listening to this music, it was really loud and it was the coolest thing I've ever heard," he explained. "He didn't speak English so I couldn't talk to him about it, but the music made me feel queasy but in a totally different level. It just haunted me so now every time I'm thinking about making music, I want to make music like that, it just speaks to a different level of consciousness."

In the interview, Barnes also gave fans some more details about his upcoming side-project with MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden, dubbed Blikk Fang, saying composer Jon Brion might be on board for the project as well and that the group are aiming for a 2009 release.

"Me and Andrew VanWyngarden from MGMT have a project together I really want to get off the ground in 2009, I've been talking to Jon Brion about maybe collaborating as well, so that's a really fun project that's on the horizon," Barnes said. "We've actually created about 20 minutes of music, but that was the early part of last year. We've both been travelling like crazy so it's hard to get together. It's kind of fun because that stuff we did months and months ago and when we get together again, we'll have different ideas that we're excited about. The stuff we've done so far is sort of a soulful prog. It's probably gonna be a pretty schizophrenic, crazy album."

And if a new Of Montreal record and a side-project weren't enough already, Barnes said Of Montreal have plans to release a DVD of all the band's videos, two full live performances and documentary footage in the near future. No release date for that DVD has been announced yet, however.

Kevin Barnes on a horse