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The Mountain Goats releasing ‘In League with Dragons’ (stream “Younger”)

The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats recently announced a 2019 tour and promised more new music in 2019, and now details on that music and a new song are here. The band is releasing a new album, In League with Dragons — the followup to 2017’s Goths — on April 26 via Merge. The first single is “Younger,” which is like classic Mountain Goats with a little more of a jangly edge, and a fiery sax solo to boot. Listen and check out the tracklist below. That’s the album artwork above.

UPDATE: John Darnielle will be talking about the album and playing some new songs on Facebook Live from Wizards of the Coast (makers of Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering) today (1/28) at 4 PM Eastern. Tune in here. Darnielle also says:

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 album was engineered by Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, John Prine), and it features additional vocal arrangements and strings performed by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra.

The band’s tour hits NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on April 30 (tickets) and Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall on May 1 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

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Tracklist
Done Bleeding (4:37)
Younger (5:52)
Passaic 1975 (3:54)
Clemency for the Wizard King (2:46)
Possum by Night (2:59)
In League with Dragons (3:11)
Doc Gooden (4:18)
Going Invisible 2 (3:05)
Waylon Jennings Live! (3:15)
Cadaver Sniffing Dog (3:54)
An Antidote for Strychnine (6:03)
Sicilian Crest (4:21)

The Mountain Goats — 2019 Tour Dates
4/26 – 9:30 – Washington, D.C.
4/27 – Dogfish Head – Milton, DE
4/28 – The Wilbur Theater – Boston, MA
4/30 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
5/1 – White Eagle Hall – Jersey City, NJ
5/3 – L’Astral – Montreal, QB
5/4 – Bronson Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/5 – Phoenix – Toronto, ON
5/7 – Mr Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
5/8 – Mr Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
5/9 – Woodward Theater – Cincinnati, OH
5/10 – Cannery – Nashville, TN
5/11 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/13 – Buskirk Chumley – Bloomington, IN
5/14 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
5/15 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
5/16 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
5/17 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
8/28 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
8/29 – Pink Garter – Jackson, WY
8/30 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
8/31 – Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT
9/1 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA
9/4 – The Showbox -Seattle, WA
9/5 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
9/6 – Imperial Vancouver – Vancouver, BC
9/7 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
9/9 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
9/10 – Aladdin – Portland, OR
9/12 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
9/13 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
9/14 – Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
9/16 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
9/17 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
9/18 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

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