Watch Of Montreal Unplugged On NPR

Jan 31st, 2013 in Music

We had an inkling of a (temporary?) seismic-shift in the band Of Montreal and its leader Kevin Barnes last summer when Barnes and crew appeared unplugged on Bandstand Busking.  Gone was a good portion of the flash and flamboyance the band is known for live, supplanted by four musicians playing unplugged and plucking at heartstrings.  Now comes an even-more subdued Barnes (together with Rebecca Cash–looking more like a Presley than a Cash to us–and Bryan Poole on first song Feminine Effects), performing three very personal new songs for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.  The net effect (e.g. on Imbecile Rages) sounds a bit like Stephen Malkmus-Meets-Bob Dylan-inside-Noah and the Whale.  All good in our book, though Barnes’ vocalistics at 7:28 set him apart from the others listed.  Check it out after the setlist below.

Set List:

Feminine Effects
Imbecile Rages
Amphibian Days

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