MOUNTAIN GOATS, THE

Dark in Here

Merge Records

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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 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.

Tracklisting
  1. Parisian Enclave
  2. The Destruction of the Kola Superdeep Borehole Tower
  3. Mobile
  4. Dark in Here
  5. Lizard Suit
  6. When a Powerful Animal Comes
  7. To the Headless Horseman
  8. The New Hydra Collection
  9. The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums
  10. Before I Got There
  11. Let Me Bathe in Demonic Light