The MOUNTAIN GOATS – ” Dark In Here ” Best Album’s Of 2021

Posted: June 20, 2021 in MUSIC
Mountain Goats Press 2021

The Mountain Goats will unveil a new album “Dark In Here” recorded at the historic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama released through Merge Records on June 25th. Today, John Darnielle and company shared the title track from the 12-song LP.

Dark In Here was recorded in March 2020, a particularly fruitful period for the band that also yielded “Getting Into Knives” and “Songs For Pierre Chuvin”. The song “Dark In Here” features contributions from legendary Muscle Shoals musicians Spooner Oldham on organ and Will McFarlane on guitar.

“If you’re looking for a governing theme here, it’s calamity, as all the songs are either anticipating one or reflecting one that’s already happened,” Darnielle said. John described Dark In Here as “wild” with bassist Peter Hughes adding, “Not wild in the sense of abandon—these aren’t those kind of songs. But wild in the sense of something undomesticated, untamable… 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. 

John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, Matt Douglas, Spooner Oldham, and Will McFarlane all playing live on the title track in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, on or about March 11-12, 2020. Been wanting to share this track with you since the first playback in Alabama back in the before-time. Enjoy!

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.

“The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums” by the Mountain Goats from their new album ‘Dark In Here’ coming June 25, 2021 on Merge Records.

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