Of Montreal and Beyonce collaborating!?! It’s a match made in heaven — an extravagant, pop-tastic heaven.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the pop diva confessed a desire to record with the Athens, GA, psychedelic indie-pop group.
“There are so many people I’d like to work with still,” the “Single Ladies” singer said. “But I’d like to maybe go outside of the box. My sister [Solange] has put me on to bands like Of Montreal and some other different types of artists. I would love to do something like that on my next album.”
And Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes is totally down.
“I fell in love with Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ and, since then, I’ve always kept an ear out for what she releases,” Barnes told Paste. “I wasn’t that familiar with her Destiny’s Child stuff, until Solange played me some of the deep cuts. I was truly blown away by the vocal arrangements/performances.”
“I think most people don’t realize what an amazingly great singer Beyonce is,” he added. “She is so much more than a pop star. There is a reason why she’s the most popular and beloved female vocalist of our time. I would be fully psyched to work with her.”
A Barnes-Beyonce collaboration would be more than fitting. Barnes has a cross-dressing stage persona named “Georgie Fruit,” much like Beyonce’s own “Sasha Fierce” alter ego. Since forming in 1996, Of Montreal have been known for their over-the-top, vaudeville-inspired live performances, incorporating extravagant costumes, body paint and often nudity. Beyonce’s extravagant tours compare strongly. Case in point: her enormous all-female Suga Mama band on 2007’s “The Beyonce Experience” and 2009’s “I Am…Tour.”
And there’s even more: Earlier this year, SPIN.com named Of Montreal one of the “Five Artists That Should Play Las Vegas.” Sound familiar? Beyonce did an intimate Sin City residency this summer.
Beyonce and her crew are already down with indie rock — Solange covered Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness is the Move” last month, and Solange, Jay-Z, and Beyonce all publicly jammed to Grizzly Bear in Brooklyn last summer.
But should Barnes really get Bootylicious with Beyonce? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!