On episode 30 of DWTN, I’m joined by of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes who has just released their latest album Lady on the Cusp. We dig into the writing and production behind the album, of Montreal’s upcoming tour, and Kevin’s musical background as well as the music scene in Athens, Georgia. 

Kevin talks about the lead single Yung Hearts Bleed Free, which was inspired by the 1984 film Boy Meets Girl directed by Leos Carax, and exploring new sonic palettes with the Yamaha TG33 and the Kawai K1M. We discuss Kevin’s unique approach to song structure and lyrics, erasure writing exercises, humour and comedy, film, and being a DIY self-produced musician. 

We also talk about of Montreal’s iconic Outback Steakhouse commercial, collaborating with Jon Brion, Solange, and Janelle Monáe, listening to albums front to back, and relocating to Vermont after almost three decades in Athens, GA. 

Lady on the Cuspis out now on all streaming platforms, and of Montreal begins their next tour on May 31st. Make sure to follow of Montreal on Instagram @of_montreal for cities and tour dates!

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