of Montreal Announce New Album, Share “it’s different for girls”

Innocence Reaches Due Out August 12 via Polyvinyl

Jun 01, 2016 Photography by Kelli McGuire
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Kevin Barnes and of Montreal seem to release a new album every year these days, but what's even more impressive is that most of them are fairly great records. Now 2016's offering has been revealed, of Montreal has announced a new album, Innocence Reaches, which is due out August 12 via Polyvinyl. The band has also shared the album's first single, the fantastically produced pop song "it's different for girls." Listen to the song below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art.

Innocence Reaches is of Montreal's 14th full-length. Barnes says that for once he was inspired by contemporary sounds. "Forever I've been detached from current music," Barnes says in a press release. "I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca, and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out on."

The album was partially recorded in Paris, where Barnes lived at a friend's home studio for two weeks. As Barnes explains: "Being in that place where no one looks at me twice and I can't even understand the language was like entering a parallel universe. It was cathartic and inspiring to amputate myself from my normal life and feel like an individual outside of all the baggage and memories."

The album is the follow-up to 2015's Aureate Gloom. "It's different for girls" was premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show as today's World Record. The album's cover was done by Kevin's brother, David Barnes, a first time father who with the art wanted to express his "wonderment for the female anatomy."

Also feel free to read our 2015 interview with Kevin Barnes on Aureate Gloom and why he doesn't get Taylor Swift, among other things.

Innocence Reaches Tracklist:

1. let's relate
2. it's different for girls
3 gratuitous abysses
4. my fair lady
5. les chants de maldoror
6. a sport and a pastime
7. ambassador bridge
8. def pacts
9. chaos arpeggiating
10. nursing slopes
11. trashed exes
12. chap pilot



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