White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood
of Montreal - White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #109 / 134
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2018 Ratings: #62
Your Review


Under The Radar
Barnes has a once again solid outing under the of Montreal moniker on an album that is as quirky as it is seamless.
A.V. Club

Hamstrung by blippity-blooping indie electro-pop idioms in recent years, Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes seems creatively refreshed as he delivers one of his spaciest, most sonically interesting sets of songs on White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood.

The 405

There won’t be another album that comes out this year that sounds like White is Relic/Irrealis Mood.


Citing influences from DJ Screw to James Baldwin, Kevin Barnes’ latest is a maximalist dance party about our simulated realities.

Slant Magazine

Unease with our increasingly digital world has gradually worked its way into Barnes's songwriting in recent years as well, and White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood cranks up his fear of a simulated reality to Philip K. Dickian levels of dread.

Northern Transmissions
On the latest record from the abstract minds of Of Montreal, dance and experimental pop clash in a magical digital world of colour. Though there are many intriguing moments, the album lacks cohesion between and even within songs.

Taken together, White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood offers convoluted yet catchy dance-rock that lures with flamboyant basslines while capturing a dancing-while-anxious Zeitgeist.

It's pleasant and poppy, but if you don't get around to listening, no sweat — knowing Barnes, there will be another album in a year or two.
As far as the more experimental Of Montreal records go, this is near the top of the list. This doesn't necessarily mean I can give it a straight recommendation, but it's more listenable than Barnes' most outré material.
Drowned in Sound

White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood is, in essence, a very solid new of Montreal album. But have there been enough of those now? For many people who got on board a decade ago, of Montreal’s career has become a priapic, confusing blur.


A rich but straggling album.

Mar 9, 2018
What's with the bad user reviews, this album is great! I do not see the need to merge two tracks together though. I have not made a definite favourite track since all of them are really good.
Mar 20, 2018
I don't understand a lot of the really low ratings, as I think this is one of the most instrumentally fascinating albums of the year, characterized by odd melodies and quirky, busy soundscapes. It's only held back by how unrelatable and out-there the lyrics are.
Mar 20, 2018
So this is a weird one. First off, if this is an EP Kevin, and it's 41 minutes, you sir are certainly losing it slowly. This project is a weird one, which isn't saying much, because Of Montreal's output recently has been downright bizarre. But this one takes the cake. Kevin Barnes here goes old school, being apparently inspired by 80's dance mixes, and brings in some of his most interesting instrumentals in years. The production on this album is ridiculously heavy, the synths are chilly ... read more
Mar 15, 2018
Writing the Circles / Orgone Tropics <3
Mar 13, 2018
Original Rating: 77/100

It's like Kevin Barnes baked us an award winning apple pie then threw it full force at a wall before scooping it on a plate and serving it, White is Relic/Irrealis Mood is a tasty mess, the instrumental work is surreal even if a little overdone and the ideas in his lyrical work paint compelling pictures

The record starts beautifully, its interstellar, a torrential downfall of sonic debris but it works very well and creates an intense surrounding paranoia, but after the ... read more
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Track List
  1. Soft Music / Juno Portraits of the Jovian Sky
  2. Paranoiac Intervals / Body Dysmorphia
  3. Writing the Circles / Orgone Tropics
  4. Plateau Phase / No Careerism No Corruption
  5. Sophie Calle Private Game / Every Person Is a Pussy, Every Pussy Is a Star!
  6. If You Talk To Symbol / Hostility Voyeur

Added on: January 12, 2018