Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes is still in the middle of prepping for what's set to be his biggest album yet, "False Priest," (Polyvinyl, Sept. 14), but he's already planning his next move. "The Controller Sphere," an EP of "False Priest" outtakes and leftovers could appear as early as next spring, he said Friday.
Barnes let the news slip during an interview for a Washington Post Express story, when asked why he chose "False Priest" as a title for the band's September album.
"Well to be honest, that's something I thought of around [2007's] 'Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destoyer?'," he said. "It was something that sort of came to me. I had this vision of the next three records being called 'Skeletal Lamping,' 'False Priest' and 'The Controller Sphere.'"
The titles first appeared as a series of non sequiturs on "Faberge Falls For Shuggie," on "Hissing Fauna." "Skeletal Lamping" followed in 2008 and the funked-up "False Priest" will be out in September.
"I've already written it and recorded it," Barnes said of "The Controller Sphere." "I think it's going to come out in the spring. It's actually just going to be an EP. I wrote so many songs around the 'False Priest' time period, and it's all the songs that for whatever reason didn't make it on to 'False Priest.' But it's pretty much still in the same vein."
Barnes isn't certain which songs will make it onto the next disc yet, but it will include at least one he recorded with super producer Jon Brion, who manned the boards on "False Priest."
"There's three songs that we were intially going to put on 'False Priest' that we decided to cut at the last second," he said. "I havent decided which I want to put on there but there's a lot of material to choose from."
Of Montreal will appear with Janelle Monae at the 9:30 Club on Sept. 13 and 14.
Look for our full interview with Barnes on Sept. 13.