Of Montreal Fret on 'She Ain't Speakin' Now' - Song Premiere

Paranoid track ebbs and flows

of Montreal
Nina Barnes
August 13, 2013 9:00 AM ET

"She Ain't Speakin' Now," a track off Of Montreal's upcoming album Lousy With Sylvianbriar, is a new study in contrasts for the Georgia-based indie group. It opens with quiet, late 1960s-style vocals backed by acoustic guitar and a melody that calls back to the Carpenter's "Top of the World." About a minute in, the band ditches this soft sound for louder hard rock vocals and fast guitar. The track jumps back and forth between these two sounds as though separate songs have been spliced together, but with an even hand.

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"I wrote the song when both my wife and daughter were bedridden with a terrible illness,” Barnes tells Rolling Stone. “It was during the middle of our recording sessions for Sylvianbriar, so I was pretty paranoid about catching what they had. I would sort of hold my breath whenever I was near them. I wrote the song while fearing the worst. Fortunately, they both recovered."

Lousy With Sylvianbriar is set for release October 8th on Polyvinyl Records. Of Montreal have announced a U.S. fall tour that starts in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. See below for the dates. 


October 18 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA
October 22 – Cat's Cradle – Carrboro, NC
October 23 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
October 24 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
October 25 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
October 26 – Middle East – Cambridge, MA
October 27 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
October 28 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
October 29 – Beachland – Cleveland, OH
October 30 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
October 31 – Majestic Theatre -–Madison, WI
November 1 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
November 2 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
November 3 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
November 4 – Urban – Salt Lake City, UT
November 5 – Korah Shrine – Boise, ID
November 6 – Neomos – Seattle, WA
November 7 – Wonder – Portland, OR
November 8 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
November 9 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
November 10 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
November 11 – Largo at the Coronet – Los Angeles, CA
November 12 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
November 13 – Trees – Dallas, TX
November 15 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
November 16 – Howlin' Wolf – New Orleans, LA
November 17 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

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