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Dark In Here

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. The idea this time around was to work with Matt Ross-Spang, the dashing Memphis wunderkind who'd engineered that album and charmed us all with his gentle wit and old-school savoir-faire. The Memphis album — Getting Into Knives, which came out October 2020 — would be brighter, bolder, marked by rich and vibrant hues; the Muscle Shoals one — Dark in Here, released on June 25, 2021— quieter, smokier, but more deeply textured and intense. 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 kinds 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 AutoZone's and Chick-fil-A's of Muscle Shoals 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.
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Track List

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 Arguing with the Ghost of Peter Laughner About His Coney Island Baby Review
12 Let Me Bathe in Demonic Light

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