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Album Review: Of Montreal – Freewave Lucifer fck fck fck

By Ada Tur

The past two years have been difficult. The pandemic forced most of the world’s population into quarantine, which left many in a depressing isolation. Being without human contact resulted in a collective state of abysmal mental health, as well as trauma. This experience wasn’t any different for Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes, who set out to compile their personal sentiments of the pandemic into the group’s newest album: “Freewave Lucifer fck fck fck”.

Barnes challenges listeners to interpret the album based on the emotions it invokes, rather than attempt to deconstruct their words anåd make meaning out of that. Similar to the surrealism of David Lynch’s films, the album could mean anything or everything; it’s up to the audience to decide what the 90’s disco hooks and stilted storytelling is intending to say.

The record takes on a plethora of despondent topics ranging from the death of two beloved characters in Barnes’ life (their mother and dog of 15 years), the switch from alcohol to marijuana and the sonic feelings of inebriation, the political atmosphere of the United States, and the general challenges of grief, trauma, and isolation that came with the pandemic. Barnes tried to semi-coherently express these themes with an added effort to sound a little more uplifting in a cathartic array of synthpop shimmers, keyboard runs, and guitar melodies.

Barnes also mentioned that they made a point to write just a little bit of the record every single day— and you can feel the layers of writing over and over in each song. The sets of phrases were arranged accordingly and came together, like magazine cutouts in a collage. The resulting piece became a swirling tornado of epiphanies, emotions, and expression.

Inevitably, with an album as exploratory and experimental as Of Montreal’s latest, there are going to be people who just don’t get it, and understandably so. It’s a daunting task to travel through Barnes’ musical journey and try to understand what is happening, especially without any context of the band and Barnes’ personal experiences throughout the pandemic. Nevertheless, for some the album is an endless, restless, masterful collage of shiny and symphonic instrumentalism and daringly ambitious storytelling. There is no doubt that what Barnes has created is truly a work of art. While many see a pile of detached puzzle pieces, the select few can appreciate the magically bizarre universe that “Freewave Lucifer” has crafted.

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: SEP 27, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, SEP 27, 2022:

1. charles stepney – step on step

2. thanya iyer – rest – top shelf CC*

3.dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4.moth cock – whipped stream and other earthly delights – hausu mountain 
 
5. suzi analogue – infinite zones – disciples 

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. minyeshu – netsa – arc music

8. thumbscrew – multicolored midnight – cuneiform

9. emeralds – solar bridge – ghostly

10.kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. reini b – venus ep – self

12. babba commandant  and the mandingo band – sonbonbela – sublime frequencies 

13.  taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. stereolab – pulse of the early brain (switched on vol 5) – mute

15. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

16.  lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. sohlo – after love – self CC

19. steve lacy – gemini rights  – rca 

20. trombone shorty – lifted – blue note

21. kiwi jr – chopper sub pop

22. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland 

23. david rosenboom & sarah belle reid – nows – parma

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers 

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. ian william craig – music for magnesium 173 – fat cat

29. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC* 

30.  various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

 
CKUT TOP 10 JAZZ, SEP 27, 2022

1.thumbscrew – multicolored midnight – cuneiform

2.brûlez les meubles – tardif – tour de bras/circum disk ©

3.anteloper – pink dolphins – international anthem

4.kirk knuffke trio – gravity without airs – tao forms

5. steve lehman sélébéyone – xaybu: the unseen – pi recordings

6. janel leppin – ensemble volcanic ash – cuneiform

7.heroes are gang leaders – LeAutoRoiOgraphy – 577 music

8.nduduzo makhathini – in the spirit of ntu – blue note s.a.

9.james brandon lewis 4tet – molecular systematic music live – intakt

10.josh sinton – lacy’s book of practitioners: h – fip 

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: SEP 20. 2022

CKUT TOP 30, SEP 20, 2022:

1. charles stepney – step on step

2. thanya iyer – rest – top shelf CC*

3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4. moth cock – whipped stream and other earthly delights – hausu mountain

5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. minyeshu – netsa – arc music

8. moth cock – whipped stream and other earthly delights – hausu mountain

9. emeralds – solar bridge – ghostly

10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. reini b – venus ep – self

12. babba commandant and the mandingo band – sonbonbela – sublime frequencies

13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. stereolab – pulse of the early brain (switched on vol 5) – mute

15. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

16. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. sohlo – after love – self CC

19. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca

20. trombone shorty – lifted – blue note

21. kiwi jr – chopper sub pop

22. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland

23. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

29. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

30. various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

CKUT TOP 10 JAZZ, SEP 20, 2022:

1. thumbscrew – multicolored midnight – cuneiform

2. kirk knuffke trio – gravity without airs – tao forms

3. janel leppin – ensemble volcanic ash – cuneiform

4. heroes are gang leaders – LeAutoRoiOgraphy – 577 music

5. forbes graham – another day another vector – relative pitch

6. steve lehman sélébéyone – xaybu: the unseen – pi recordings

7. nduduzo makhathini – in the spirit of ntu – blue note s.a.

8. reid / kitamura / bynum / morris – geometry of trees – relative pitch

9. tyshawn sorey trio – mesmerism – pi recordings

10. josh sinton – adumbrations – fip

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: SEPT 13, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, SEP 13, 2022:

1. charles stepney – step on step

2. thanya iyer – rest – top shelf CC*

3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4.moth cock – whipped stream and other earthly delights – hausu mountain

5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. minyeshu – netsa – arc music

8. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland

9. emeralds – solar bridge – ghostly

10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. reini b – venus ep – self

12. babba commandant and the mandingo band – sonbonbela – sublime frequencies

13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. stereolab – pulse of the early brain (switched on vol 5) – mute

15. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

16. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. sohlo – after love – self CC

19. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca

20. trombone shorty – lifted – blue note

21. kiwi jr – chopper sub pop

22. vomit forth – seething malevolence – century media

23. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterranea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight massiera: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurroundss CC

28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

29. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

30. various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPE OF THE CHARTS ::: SEP 6, 2022

CKUT TOP 30 – SEP 6, 2022:

1. moth cock – whipped stream and other earthly delights – hausu mountain

2. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4. various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

8. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland

9. yoo doo right – a murmur, boundless to the east – mothland CC*

10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. cola – deep in view – firetalk

12. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca

13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. various – jazz is dead 011 – jazz is dead

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. sohlo – after love – self CC

19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

29. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*

30. irreversible entanglements – down to earth – sub pop


CKUT TOP 10 JAZZ, Aug 30, 2022:

1. thumbscrew – multicolored midnight – cuneiform
2. kirk knuffke trio – gravity without airs – tao forms
3. janel leppin – ensemble volcanic ash – cuneiform
4. heroes are gang leaders – LeAutoRoiOgraphy – 577 music
5. forbes graham – another day another vector – relative pitch
6. steve lehman sélébéyone – xaybu: the unseen – pi recordings
7. nduduzo makhathini – in the spirit of ntu – blue note s.a.
8. reid / kitamura / bynum / morris – geometry of trees – relative pitch
9. tyshawn sorey trio – mesmerism – pi recordings
10. josh sinton – adumbrations – fip

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: AUG 30, 2022

CKUT TOP 30 – AUG 30, 2022:

1. moth cock – whipped stream and other earthly delights – hausu mountain

2. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4. various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

8. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland

9. yoo doo right – a murmur, boundless to the east – mothland CC*

10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. cola – deep in view – firetalk

12. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca

13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. various – jazz is dead 011 – jazz is dead

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. sohlo – after love – self CC

19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

29. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*

30. irreversible entanglements – down to earth – sub pop


CKUT TOP 10 JAZZ, Aug 30, 2022:

1. thumbscrew – multicolored midnight – cuneiform
2. kirk knuffke trio – gravity without airs – tao forms
3. janel leppin – ensemble volcanic ash – cuneiform
4. heroes are gang leaders – LeAutoRoiOgraphy – 577 music
5. forbes graham – another day another vector – relative pitch
6. steve lehman sélébéyone – xaybu: the unseen – pi recordings
7. nduduzo makhathini – in the spirit of ntu – blue note s.a.
8. reid / kitamura / bynum / morris – geometry of trees – relative pitch
9. tyshawn sorey trio – mesmerism – pi recordings
10. josh sinton – adumbrations – fip

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: AUG 23, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, AUG 23, 2022:

1. moth cock – whipped stream and other earthly delights – hausu mountain
2. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC
3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC
4. various – griche la compilation – griche cc*
5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti
6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories
7. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds
8. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland
9. yoo doo right – a murmur, boundless to the east – mothland CC*
10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires
11. cola – deep in view – firetalk
12. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca
13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*
14. various – jazz is dead 011 – jazz is dead
15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum
16. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain
17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records
18. sohlo – after love – self CC
19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC
20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds
21. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*
22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*
23. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista
24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self
25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC
26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers
27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC
28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone
29. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*
30. irreversible entanglements – down to earth – sub pop


CKUT TOP 10 JAZZ, Aug 23, 2022:

1. kirk knuffke trio – gravity without airs – tao forms
2. janel leppin – ensemble volcanic ash – cuneiform
3. tyshawn sorey trio – mesmerism – pi recordings
4. thumbscrew – multicolored midnight – cuneiform
5. reid / kitamura / bynum / morris – geometry of trees – relative pitch
6. josh sinton – adumbrations – fip
7. heroes are gang leaders – LeAutoRoiOgraphy – 577
8. forbes graham – another day another vector – relative pitch
9. gordon grdina nomad trio – boiling point – astral sprits ©
10. devin brahja waldman / hamid drake – mediumistic methodology – astral spirits ©

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: AUG 16, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, August 16, 2022

1. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

2. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4.various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*

8. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland

9. yoo doo right – a murmur, boundless to the east – mothland CC*

10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. cola – deep in view – firetalk

12. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca

13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. various – jazz is dead 011 – jazz is dead

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. maryze – 8 – hot tramp CC*

19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

29. reynols – tolin asumer – feeding tube/carbon

30. irreversible entanglements – down to earth – sub pop


CKUT Jazz Top 10 August 16, 2022

1.janel leppin – ensemble volcanic ash – cuneiform

2.kirk knuffke trio – gravity without airs – tao forms

3.tyshawn sorey trio – mesmerism – pi recordings

4.reid / kitamura / bynum / morris – geometry of trees – relative pitch

5.thumbscrew – multicolored midnight – cuneiform

6.gordon grdina nomad trio – boiling point – astral sprits ©

7.josh sinton – adumbrations – fip

8. gordon grdina, mark helias, matthew shipp – pathways – attaboygirl ©

9.elwood epps & togetherness – live at résonance – mr. e ©

10.moor mother – jazz codes – anti –

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: AUG 9 2022

CKUT TOP 30: August 9, 2022

1. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

2. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4.various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*

8. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland

9. yoo doo right – a murmur, boundless to the east – mothland CC*

10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. cola – deep in view – firetalk

12. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca

13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. various – jazz is dead 011 – jazz is dead

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. maryze – 8 – hot tramp CC*

19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

29. reynols – tolin asumer – feeding tube/carbon

30. irreversible entanglements – down to earth – sub pop

Jazz Top 10: August 9, 2022

gordon grdina nomad trio – boiling point – astral sprits ©
moor mother – jazz codes – anti-
gordon grdina, mark helias, matthew shipp – pathways – attaboygirl ©
elwood epps & togetherness – live at résonance – mr. e ©
josh sinton – adumbrations – fip
tyshawn sorey trio – mesmerism – pi recordings
wadada leo smith – the emerald duets – tum
janel leppin – ensemble volcanic ash – cuneiform
david virelles – nuna – pi recordings ©
devin brahja waldman / hamid drake – mediumistic methodology – astral spirits ©

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: AUG 2, 2022

CKUT TOP 30, Aug 2, 2022:

1. various – pierre barouh and the savannah sound – wewantsounds

2. lisa leblanc – chiac disco – bonsound CC

3. dill the giant – weed man son delux – birthday cake CC

4.various – griche la compilation – griche cc*

5. moor mother – jazz codes – anti

6. ron trent presents warm – what do the stars say to you – night time stories

7. pierre kwenders – jose louis and the paradox of love – arts and crafts CC*

8. medicine singers – s/t – stone tapes/mothland

9. yoo doo right – a murmur, boundless to the east – mothland CC*

10. kaoru abe no future – another wrong way, again 路又走错一条 – presses precaires

11. cola – deep in view – firetalk

12. steve lacy – gemini rights – rca

13. taigenz – life a life – self CC*

14. various – jazz is dead 011 – jazz is dead

15. spiritualized – everything was beautiful – fat possum

16. ethel cain – preacher’s daughter – daughters of cain

17. moten/lopez/cleaver – s/t – reading group records

18. maryze – 8 – hot tramp CC*

19. joyfultalk – familiar science – constellation CC

20. various – sharayet el disco: egyptian 80s disco & boogie – wewantsounds

21. elle barbara – delice creole/peach puree – celluloid lunch CC*

22. stefan christoff/lori goldston – punk equinox – dasa tapes CC*

23. robert glasper – black radio iii – loma vista

24. betty padgett – riding with the blues – self

25. sunglaciers – subterannea – motherland CC

26. various – midnight rights: the b music of jean-pierre massiera – finders keepers

27. tess roby – ideas of space – ssurounds CC

28. rip pop mutant – fluxus pop – simone

29. reynols – tolin asumer – feeding tube/carbon

30. irreversible entanglements – down to earth – sub pop