Of Montreal, the experimental pop project of Athens, Ga.’s Kevin Barnes, have announced their 14th album. Innocence Reaches drops August 12 and follows the group’s two 2015 releases, the studio album Aureate Gloom and the live recording Snare Lustrous Doomings. Of Montreal also shared the album’s first single, “It’s Different For Girls.”
Inspired by time spent living in Paris, Barnes also noted in a press release that the album taps into contemporary sounds more than some of his other work has. “Forever I’ve been detached from current music,” he said. “I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca, and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out on.”
Innocence Reaches was also something of a family affair: Barnes’ brother Kevin designed the album’s colorful cover artwork to show his “wonderment for the female anatomy.”
Hear “It’s Different For Girls” below.