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      April 27, 2019

      Saturday   9:00 PM

      887 W Marietta St NW Studio C
      Atlanta, Georgia 30318

      of Montreal

      with Yip Deceiver
      Two important events occurred during the making of White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. I becameSimulated Reality paranoid and I fell in LOVE.Well a lot more happened during the process of writing and recording, but those are the twobig ones. I also reached a healthy point of self-forgiveness for my failed marriage and becamedeeply educated in the lies of America the Great.I feel like a switch was recently turned on in my brain and now Im beginning to see through thelies that have been fed to me my whole life by the masters of media and by those who controland manipulate the narrative of our cultural identity and social order.My paranoia began during the presidential election cycle and reached a dangerous peak shortlyafter the inauguration. In the meantime I watched and read countless works of art in a madeffort to be reminded of how many truly brilliant people there are living/struggling among usand to try to maintain a positive outlook. The works of Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, ChrisKraus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the Autobiographies of Malcolm X and Mark E Smith were all greatinspirations, to name a few.Musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for popsingles back in the 80s. Its so cool how a lot of the 80s hits had these really intricate andinteresting longer versions that wouldnt get played on the radio and could only be heard in theclubs. I used that template with these tracks, I wanted them all to feel like the extended clubedit of album tracks.I also decided to abandon the live band in a room approach that I had been using on therecent albums and work more on my own or remotely with collaborators. I used the samedrum sample packs throughout because I wanted the album to have a rhythmic continuity toit. I wanted the drums to have a strong and consistent identity, similar to how Princes LinnElectronics LM-1 drum machine played such an important role on his classic albums. Zac Colwellalso played a huge role on this album, adding saxophones and synths to most of the songs. Ialso got a lot of help from long time collaborators, and of Montreal touring members, ClaytonRychlik and JoJo Glidewell.The two title concept came to me when I was thinking about how difficult it is to frame themessage of a song with just one title, because so often the songs are about so many differentsubjects. White Is Relic was inspired by James Baldwins writings regarding the creation andpropagation of a toxic American White identity. Ive come to learn how its just a tool wieldedby the 1% to give poor white people a false sense of superiority in an effort to keep the massesplacated and numb to how deeply were all getting fucked by our capitalist rulers. An IrrealisMood is a linguistic indicator that something isnt yet reality but does have the potential tobecome so.Im always searching for new identities so this concept of the death of Whiteness appeals tome greatly. Might be the only way to save the world.-Kevin Barnes, January 2018

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