vendredi 25 mars 2011

Of Montreal est-il vraiment weird ?

Il existe des groupes surprenants, of Montreal en fait partie. Mais est-il pour autant vraiment weird, à savoir bizarre, ou fait-il juste le malin ? Le groupe de Kevin Barnes s'apprête à sortir The Controllosphere, un EP dont les titres sont issus des sessions produites par Jon Brion lors de l'enregistrement de leur dernier album False Priest, album que nous avions beaucoup aimé l'an dernier.

Dans le même temps, David Barnes, frère de Kevin, sort un livre d'art, What's Weird ?.

David Barnes est également responsable des visuels du groupe. On reconnaîtra son style, chargé, coloré, qui ne laisse pas l'ombre d'un espace vide.

Le titre choisi pour être illustré par un clip, "Black Lion Massacre", est résolument sans concession. Pas du genre single. Un instru noisy, basique. Mais, au moins, il y a de l'action. Une vraie poursuite, rendue oppressante par la musique. L'homme en noir s'enfuit. A ses trousses, l'homme invisible. Qui finit même par lui mettre une sacrée rouste.

Noisy mais Kevin Barnes qui décrit le disque comme folk, et c'est bien son droit, nous a pourtant prévenu : "il y a beaucoup de moments bruyants qui représentent ma tentative de communiquer, dans un langage sous-humain, tout ce qui ne peut être exprimé par notre langue terrienne et toutes sortes de mécanismes de bouche".

Seuls les deux derniers titres, sur les cinq qui compose le EP, se rapprochent des titres retenus sur False Priest. D'ailleurs, pour être franc, ça me donne plutôt envie de le ré-écouter.

Peut-être serait-il honnête de laisser à Kevin Barnes le soin de présenter ce projet, in extenso et en version originale...

"Here's your folk record, I hope you like that I've carried on the tradition of such folk luminaries as Abu Bakr Khairat, Benny Moré and Nawal Al Zoghbi. These songs were written in Sunlandia, that's where most of the folk songs are written now a days, and they were recorded up there, as well as in LA with Jon Brion, with no small contribution from Matt Chamberlain (drum du lum and yerba matte enthusiast) and K Ishibashi (my most modern classical friend). It is my hope that you can tolerate listening to this short EP in one sitting and appreciate it like a fine dining experience. Furthermore, the force that threw the green fuse anointed this protest album. It is a protest statement against the pneuma possessive. In fact this album is the voice of a desirous spirit that is aware of its positive zero chance of fulfillment or salvation or respite. There are many noisy moments that represent my attempt to communicate, in a sub human language, all that cannot be expressed with our earth tongue and all manners of mouth mechanisms. This little EP is a freak out record, have you ever seen anyone dancing to folk music? Well, like my fellow folk singing brother Bob Dylan once said, 'I'd dance with you Maria, but my hands are on fire.' Though, in this case, the world is roughly one year from extinction...or not."

19 commentaires:

  1. Marrant, le dessin on dirait presque du Daniel Johnston (en plus chargé). Sinon, je crois surtout qu'ils font les malins ;)

  2. Daniel Johnston, j'avoue ne pas connaître, je viens de le "googler" à la lecture de ton commentaire.
    Et je crois aussi qu'ils font les malins.

  3. Daniel Johnston est un personnage fascinant, entre le monstre et le génie. Ses dessins sont naïfs, sans intérêt si on n'essaye pas de comprendre le personnage. Son oeuvre musicale est parfois géniale mais pas toujours. Au moins est-il toujours sincère.

    Il y a un chouette documentaire qui est sorti sur lui et sa maladie intitulé The devil and Daniel Johnston. Je le recommande.

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