RIYL: The Olivia Tremor Control, The Unicorns, Circulatory System, Deerhoof
Label: Polyvinyl Records
The 80’s is having a huge revival. Why? Some may speculate the feverish draw to the days of technological innocence, the lack of inhibitions, the draw of a less complicated life, oh and Stranger Things. But the synth sound has always been in revival ever since its early debut 30+ years ago (not really a revival then, is it) and we all love it.
Stepping forward to the plate is of Montreal, with UR FUN, a psychedelic pop twist to the sounds we reminisce and love. Give the single, “Peace To All Freaks” a chance. It grows on you about 1/2 way through and has you tapping your foot and singing along by the end. Grab the Half Black & White Vinyl Deluxe Early Bird at polyvinyl.
UR FUN contains a fundamental contradiction that will be familiar to of Montreal fans. The songs have a youthful, contemporary dance-pop feel, but contain dense, multidimensional, adult lyrics. The album‚Äôs opener and first single, ‚ÄúPeace To All Freaks‚ÄĚ is a ‚Äúprotest song against totalitarianism, familial terrorism and wastefulness in all its forms‚ÄĚ (says Barnes) that expresses love to the outcasts and the gentle people in this world, leaving us with this reminder: ‚ÄúHush, hush/ Don‚Äôt let‚Äôs be cynical/ don‚Äôt let‚Äôs be bitter/ If you feel like you can‚Äôt do it for yourself then do it for us‚ÄĚ. On ‚ÄúPolyaneurism‚ÄĚ, Barnes playfully meditates on the ups and downs of polyamory and unconventional relationships: ‚ÄúPlaying musical lovers is starting to feel kind of kitsch/ if you want monogamy are you just like some basic bitch?‚ÄĚ According to Barnes, the song ‚ÄúGet God‚Äôs Attention by Being an Atheist‚ÄĚ is about ‚Äúthe pleasures of childlike destruction and reckless joy seeking.‚ÄĚ
Literary and cultural references on UR FUN run thick. In the same manner that Barnes‚Äô lyrics turned thousands of listeners onto the obscene French novel The Story of the Eye in the past, UR FUN packs nods as diverse and obscure as the films of Itallian horror filmmaker Mario Bava, queer novel Horse Crazy by Gary Indiana, Panamanian pop star El General, 80‚Äôs sci-fi movie Liquid Sky, Big Star‚Äôs cover of ‚ÄúFemme Fatale,‚ÄĚ French death metal group Death Throne, and the beautiful Brazilian love song ‚ÄúCucurucucu Paloma‚ÄĚ by Caetano Veloso, to name just a few.
UR FUN‚Äôs final moments bring the self-examination of the record full circle with some darker numbers that lament a lost friendship and slips of mental clarity. If the album‚Äôs bleak ending leaves you feeling hopeless, flip the record over again and remind yourself ‚ÄúHush, hush, don‚Äôt let‚Äôs be negative.‚ÄĚ This is all for fun after all.
Limited to 1000.
Deluxe Gatefold Jacket.
Includes Bonus 7" Flexi with ‚ÄĚDeliberate Self-harm Ha Ha (Acoustic Version)"
Shipping out on or around January 17, 2020
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