The MOUNTAIN GOATS – ” Dark In Here “

Posted: May 6, 2021 in MUSIC

Indie folk-rockers Mountain Goats led by founder and singer-songwriter John Darnielle are to release a new album: “Dark In Here” – 20th LP (it’s their third album release in 18 months,

Peter Hughes (The Goat’s multi-instrumentalist): One of the words that John (Darnielle) used when we were talking about the direction for ‘Dark in Here‘ was “wild,” which I liked a lot. Not wild in the sense of abandon—these aren’t those kind of songs. But wild in the sense of something undomesticated, untamable. Wild like the immutability of nature, the way it will take back any piece of untended space as its own…. Wild like the whale; like a powerful animal. Or a virus—the beast that awakes, emerges from a forest, and stops the world. You can fight the calamity all
you want, but either way, it’s going to demand your surrender.

At last it can be told: the story of how, when the Mountain Goats got together in early March, 2020, it was to make not one album, but two “Getting Into Knives” and this one, “Dark in Here”. That’s how many keepers the band’s superhumanly prolific frontman, John Darnielle, had come up with since they’d recorded “In League With Dragons” in Nashville back in 2018. 

From Peter Hughes of the Mountain Goats: One of the words that John used when we were talking about the direction for Dark in Here was “wild,” which I liked a lot. Not wild in the sense of abandon—these aren’t those kind of songs. But wild in the sense of something undomesticated, untamable. Wild like the immutability of nature, the way it will take back any piece of untended space as its own, whether amidst the AutoZones and Chick-fil-A’s of Muscle Shoals [home of FAME Studios, where the album was recorded] or among the ruins of a scientific outpost on the Kola Peninsula. Wild like the whale; like a powerful animal. Or a virus—the beast that awakes, emerges from a forest, and stops the world. You can fight the calamity all you want, but either way, it’s going to demand your surrender.

Dark in Here is the band’s third album in just over a year, following April 2020’s Songs for Pierre Chuvin (which was recorded on a boombox and featured only Darnielle) and October 2020’s “Getting Into Knives”. Dark in Here was recorded in the week in between recording Songs for Pierre Chuvin and Getting Into Knives,at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It’s a studio that Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Gregg Allman, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and other legends have recorded at. “Mobile” features some Muscle Shoals legends as well, with Spooner Oldham (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt) on electric piano and Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt, Tammy Wynette) on lead guitar.

Out: 25th June via Merge Records “Mobile” by the Mountain Goats from their new album ‘Dark In Here’ .

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