Kevin Barnes, frontman for the psychedelic-indie pop group, Of Montreal, recently got together with Rolling Stone to discuss upcoming album titled, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, set for release this fall.
“With me, the way I operate creatively, if I get an idea in my mind, I just sort of follow it without questioning it too much,” Barnes tells Rolling Stone. “If it just seems right, I just follow it regardless of what it might mean to my career or the popularity of the band. For some reason, I just got in mind that I should go to San Francisco. I’ve done that a little bit because my wife’s Norwegian, and we’d go to Oslo to hang out for periods of time. I didn’t know anybody, so I would just spend that time writing. It can be really inspiring, and of all the cities in the U.S., the one that had the strongest pull to me around this time was San Francisco.”
Part of the attraction was historical, even sentimental. Being in San Francisco – the hub of the late 1960s counter-culture movement – made sense for Barnes, who aimed to write a more organic, collaborative album.
“The thing I’ve been really inspired by is getting back to recording on an analog tape machine and getting back to making records like people used to make records,” he says. “Back then, you were really reliant on your talents and really limited by what kind of gear you have and what kind of effects you have – not unlimited, like when you work with Pro Tools.