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The Mountain Goats Share “Dark in Here”’ Title Track Ahead Of New Album due June 25th via Merge Records

June 4, 2021
Photo credit: Jade Wilson

The Mountain Goats share Dark in Here’s title track
ahead of the album’s June 25 release
on Merge Records

One of the words that John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats used when discussing the direction for new album Dark in Here (out June 25 on Merge Records) was “wild.” As the quartet’s bassist Peter Hughes tells it: “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.”
That particular brand of wild can be felt throughout the title track to Dark in Here, recorded at the fabled FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals with a handful of local legends. Listen as Spooner Oldham’s Hammond organ and Will McFarlane’s whammy-bar Telecaster inflate the narrator’s spider-hole revenge fantasy to widescreen spaghetti-western proportions!

You’ll be swept away amongst this creation almost instantly. This enthralling taste into the forthcoming release already showcases this standout songwriting from the Mountain Goats. This exploration offers such a vast and consuming atmosphere, the vocal notes soar throughout the thick textures and harrowing keys. This compassionate story teller fronting the proceedings and directing our attention to these key words and engrossing ambiance.

Like the most recent Mountain Goats releases Getting Into Knives and Songs for Pierre ChuvinDark in Here was recorded in March 2020. Within the credits of Dark in Here, Darnielle notes, “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.”

Preview more of Dark in Here by listening to “The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums” and “Mobile” before pre-ordering the album

For fans in the UK, the “High Noon Somewhere Blue” Peak Vinyl can be bought HERE

The Mountain Goats on tour:
Aug 06 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Aug 07 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Aug 08 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Aug 10 Austin, TX – Mohawk
Aug 11 Austin, TX – Mohawk
Aug 12 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Aug 13 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Aug 15 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Aug 16 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Aug 19 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Aug 21 Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
Aug 23 Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
Aug 24 Evanston, IL – SPACE
Aug 25 Evanston, IL – SPACE
Aug 26 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep 16 Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater*
Sep 17 Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre*
Sep 24 Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts Center*
Sep 25 Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios*
Sep 26 Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Cafe at the ArtsQuest*
*John Darnielle solo

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