The Mountain Goats announce new album, In League With Dragons

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Mountain Goats new album 2019

The Mountain Goats have announced a new album. The indie-folk outfit fronted by John Darnielle recently teased new music with the announcement of an upcoming tour, and that new music has been confirmed. On April 26 the group will release In League With Dragons via Merge Records. Darnielle released a statement about the album:

“This album began life as a rock opera about a besieged seaside community called Riversend ruled by a benevolent wizard, for which some five to seven songs were written. When I’m focusing on a project, I always distract myself from the through-line with multiple byways, which are kind of like mini-games within the broader architecture of a long video game. As I worked on the Riversend stuff, weird noir visions started creeping in, probably under the influence of Leonardo Sciascia (a Sicilian author, he wrote mysteries) and Ross MacDonald’s The Zebra-Striped Hearse, which a friend from Port Washington gave me while I was in the thick of the writing. I thought these moods helped complicate the wizards and dragons a little, and, as I thought about my wizard, his health failing, the invasion by sea almost certain to wipe out half his people, I thought about what such a person might look like in the real world: watching a country show at a midwestern casino, or tryout pitching for an American League team years after having lit up the marquees. Finally, I wrote the title track, which felt like a drawing-together of the themes in play: rebellion against irresistible tides, the lush vistas of decay, necessary alliances. I am earnestly hoping that a new genre called “dragon noir” will spring from the forehead of nearly two years’ work on these songs, but, if not, I am content for this to be the sole example of the style.”

The first single from the album is “Younger,” which you can stream below.

The Mountain Goats In League With Dragons tracklist:

1 Done Bleeding
2 Younger
3 Passaic 1975
4 Clemency for the Wizard King
5 Possum by Night
6 In League with Dragons
7 Doc Gooden
8 Going Invisible 2
9 Waylon Jennings Live!
10 Cadaver Sniffing Dog
11 An Antidote for Strychnine
12 Sicilian Crest

The Mountain Goats’ Tallahassee is on our list of 10 Essential 21st Century Concept Albums.

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