Despite being a fifteen years into their career, Canadian psychedelic mentalists Of Montreal seem to be showing no signs of wanting to slow down, this their eleventh album. Their last output, ‘False Priest’, delved heavily into R’n’B, and while ‘Paralytic Stalks’ definitely features a strong imprint of Motown soul and funk, it’s more of a classic prog record, both in sound and running time, 9 songs lasting an hour. As usual, it’s the brainchild of the band’s main man Kevin Barnes, and is quite a dour one, with tracks like ‘Spiteful Intervention’ and ‘Wintered Debts’ steeped in lyrical bile amid a particularly madcap soundtrack of psychedelia. It was always unlikely that Of Montreal were going to court the mainstream so far into a career that has forever been so resolutely uncompromising, but this time they’re even more bonkers than usual.

By Tom Goodwyn

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