Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes Writing Song for Beyoncé; Sounds like "the Time Meets Four Tet"
Published Dec 04, 2009Given Of Montreal songwriter Kevin Barnes's fixation on dance-floor-ready electro pop, it makes sense that he would want to collaborate with an artist like Beyoncé. After all, Beyoncé is one of the more credible mainstream pop artists, and her songs "Single Ladies" and "Crazy in Love" are celebrated by teeny-boppers and indie snobs alike.
As previously reported, in an interview last week with the Guardian, Beyoncé cited Barnes as someone she might like to collaborate with, saying, "My sister [Solange] has put me on to bands like Of Montreal and some other different types of artists. I would love to do something like that on my next album."
Just days later, Barnes responded in an interview with Paste, praising Beyonce as "so much more than a pop star," and enthusing, "I would be fully psyched to work with her."
Barnes also shed light on Solange's role as matchmaker, revealing, "I wasn't that familiar with her Destiny's Child stuff, until Solange played me some of the deep cuts. I was truly blown away by the vocal arrangements/performances."
Now, Barnes has taken the next step in making this collaboration a reality: he has begun writing the song. In the early hours of Friday morning (December 4), he tweeted, "Started work on a song 4 B. not that she's contacted me. just in case. it's called 'He'sMyPartyDrug.' sounds like The Time meets Four Tet."
By the sound of things, there's still a whole lot of paper work to be signed, but given the pair's mutual admiration, it looks as if this collaboration may happen soon enough.
Barnes has already collaborated with Solange, as Modern Mystery reports that she joined Of Montreal on stage in September for a version of Diana Ross's "Love Hangover."