From The Desk Of Of Montreal: Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

of Montreal’s music is hard to define, given it changes more often than frontman Kevin Barnes’ sequined and feathered outfits during a live show. One album might be heavy on the drum machine and synthesizer, while another showcases Barnes’ best high-pitched Prince wail with more traditional strings and percussion. The Atlanta band boasts a prodigious body of work; in a decade and a half, Barnes and Co. have churned out 10 albums, eight collections and 29 singles and EPs, including their most recent effort, thecontrollersphere (Polyvinyl). Barnes and of Montreal’s two art directors—wife Nina Barnes (a.k.a. geminitactics) and brother David Barnes—will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Kevin: Have you seen it lately? It’s just so great and funny. Chaplin seems to have become more of a concept or symbol of early film history, but the films, they are just brilliant. Sit down and watch them again, and you will be reminded why the world loved/loves this man and why time has not forgotten him.

Video after the jump.

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