Lyrically, 'Paralytic Stalks' contains confessions of an infinitely more personal nature than anything Kevin Barnes has written since 2007's 'Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?' Never before has an Of Montreal record moved so fluidly from one song to the next -- each track feeding off the last in what seems a singular album-long movement that never allows you to rip your ears away. As a result, 'Paralytic Stalks' at times resembles modern classical with its intricate compositions, while at others echoes of neo-prog, pseudo-country, and 60s pop can be heard. Conceived on the fringe of a contemporary pop music landscape that seldom encourages listeners to dig beyond the surface level to receive satisfaction, 'Paralytic Stalks' is the rare album with the audacity to demand such a response.
As previously reported, the band have recently announced a run of UK and European tour dates to add to their extensive 2012 tour schedule. Full details are below which begin 16th April in Helsinki, taking in a big show at London's Koko on the 25th April.
In addition of Montreal will perform 'Dour Percentage' for their return to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 8th February.
'Paralytic Stalks' track listing
1. 'Gelid Ascent'
2. 'Spiteful Intervention'
3. 'Dour Percentage'
4. 'We Will Commit Wolf Murder'
5. 'Malefic Dowery'
6. 'Ye, Renew The Plaintiff'
7. 'Wintered Debts'
8. 'Exorcismic Breeding Knife'
9. 'Authentic Pyrrhic Remission'
UK + European Tour Dates
Apr. 16 -- Helsinki, FI -- Tavastia
Apr. 17 -- Oslo, NO -- Rockefeller
Apr. 18 -- Arhus, DK -- Train
Apr. 19 -- Cologne, DE -- Werkstatt
Apr. 20 -- Rotterdam, NL -- Motel Mozaique Festival @ Off_Corso
Apr. 21 -- Bruxelles, BE -- Orangerie
Apr. 22 -- Manchester, UK -- Ritz
Apr. 23 -- Leeds, UK -- The Irish Centre
Apr. 25 -- London, UK -- Koko
Apr. 26 -- Brighton, UK -- Concorde 2
Apr. 27 -- Paris, FR -- Trianon
Apr. 28 -- Nantes, FR -- Stereolux
Apr. 29 -- Barcelona, ES -- Apolo
Apr. 30 -- Madrid, ES -- Joy Eslava
May 02 -- Nice, FR -- Theatre Lino Ventura
May 03 -- Rome, IT -- Circolo degli artisti
May 04 -- Milan, IT -- Magnolia
May 07 -- Tel Aviv, IL -- Barby Club
May 09 -- Istanbul, TR -- Babylon
of Montreal's 'Paralytic Stalks' will be available in the UK 6th February, 7th February worldwide via Polyvinyl Records on CD, 2xLP and all DSPs. The album will also be available as a hand-numbered, limited edition cassette (of 500) via Indiana label Joyful Noise Recordings. 'Paralytic Stalks' will also see release via partnerships with Arts & Crafts Mexico, Contrarede Records in Japan and with Baram Records in Korea.