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Dark in Here

by The Mountain Goats

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erinmack Despite following tMG since 1996, the full impact of this devastating album was delayed for me - but when it did hit its power knocked me over. Dozens of listens later and I’m still uncovering nuances I’d missed, noticing sumptuous (dare I say!) turns of phrase, and finding excuses to play it yet again - the dishes, a walk - so that I can marinate in the big questions it asks, the small comforts it offers, and the redemption it promises to those who listen closely. Stunning across the board. Favorite track: When a Powerful Animal Comes.
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Mike Swag denim and leather / silver strap to please the die-hards / let me dance til I die / turn the volume up high / and listen to the slow parts Favorite track: The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums.
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creamus The instrumentation is wonderfully haunting.
Favorite track: Lizard Suit.
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about

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.

credits

released June 25, 2021

PERSONNEL:

John Darnielle: guitar, piano, vocals
Peter Hughes: bass
Jon Wurster: drums and percussion
Matt Douglas: woodwinds, piano, guitar
Spooner Oldham: Hammond B3, Wurlitzer
Will McFarlane: guitar
Marie Tomlinson Lewey: vocal harmony
Cindy Richardson Walker: vocal harmony
Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC

All songs ©2021 Cadmean Dawn (ASCAP) administered worldwide by Pacific Electric Music Publishing

Cover: Walpurgis Night in Bergslagen, Grandgärde in Dalarna by Anshelm Schultzberg, 1896, from the collection of the Swedish National Museum

Design: Daniel Murphy

Management: Ryan Matteson

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John Darnielle has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends, hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail because he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life.
—John Hodgman, 2012
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