If you’ve ever heard Of Montreal’s music, seen their album covers or survived that schizophrenic rave they call a concert, you know what to expect out from the band’s music video: Neo-psychedelia with the visuals of a fractured kaleidoscope. Here, we exclusively present the premiere of the band’s Jesse Ewles-directed video for “An Eluardian Instance,” a stand-out from the band’s 2008 LP Skeletal Lamping that hits on everything we love about the Kevin Barnes-fronted band, but adds stop motion animation and kick-ass origami to the equation.
We’d venture a guess about what this video is about, but unfortunately they don’t let us drop acid at work so we’ll try to describe it to the best of our abilities: Girl relaxing and reading a book by some seaside cliff also somehow holds the entire papier-mache university on orbit thanks to some kite string. She’s terrorized by some crazy lamb with horns, forcing her to take refuge in the cliffs, but manages to escape him after he rams his own head into the rocks. She goes back to her book, but unfortunately a passing airplane severs her kite string and the universe is set into chaos. The video — along with the poppy, multi-suite song — make for a pretty awesome audio-visual experience.
Enjoy the days of carefree Of Montreal videos while you can, as Barnes recently told Rock Daily the band’s music might take a different turn on their next album. “What I want to do now is slightly noisier. It’s sort of abstract in my mind, but right now what I’ll create will be mesmeric and kind of physical music,” Barnes said, adding that he wants to make music that makes you “feel queasy but in a totally different level.” So expect less Sgt. Pepper and more Roman Polanski in the band’s next batch of videos.