The Mountain Goats have announced a new album In League With Dragons. It’s out April 26 via Merge. They’ve also released a new song from the record called “Younger.” Listen to it below; scroll down for the tracklist and John Darnielle’s statement on In League With Dragons.

The Mountain Goats embark on a 
North American tour in April. Their last studio album, Goths, came out in 2017.

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The Mountain Goats Announce New Album and share new song "Younger”


The Mountain Goats have announced a new album In League With Dragons. It’s out April 26 via Merge. They’ve also released a new song from the record called “Younger.” Listen to it below; scroll down for the tracklist and John Darnielle’s statement on In League With Dragons.

The Mountain Goats embark on a 
North American tour in April. Their last studio album, Goths, came out in 2017.

 

In League With Dragons:

01 Done Bleeding
02 Younger
03 Passaic 1975
04 Clemency for the Wizard King
05 Possum by Night
06 In League With Dragons
07 Doc Gooden
08 Going Invisible 2
09 Waylon Jennings Live!
10 Cadaver Sniffing Dog
11 An Antidote for Strychnine
12 Sicilian Crest

Check out “Younger” from In League With Dragons

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle:

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.

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Angel Olsen releases "All Mirrors" - new album out October 4th Via Jagjaguwar!

Angel Olsen releases "All Mirrors" - new album out October 4th Via Jagjaguwar!

Angel Olsen releases All Mirrors,
New Album Out October 4th Via Jagjaguwar

"In every way -- from the making of it, to the words, to how I feel moving forward, this record is about owning up to your darkest side, finding the capacity for new love and trusting change even when you feel like a stranger." -- Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen will release her fourth full-length album, All Mirrors, on October 4th via Jagjaguwar. Olsen's bold and unexpected All Mirrors comes over three years after the release of MY WOMAN, a top 10 critically praised album of 2016. In conjunction with today's announcement, Olsen unveils the title track and its video, directed by Ashley Connor and conceived by Olsen.

On her vulnerable new album, All Mirrors, Olsen takes an introspective deep dive towards internal destinations and revelations. In the process of making this album, she found a new sound and voice, a blast of fury mixed with hard won self-acceptance. All Mirrors gets its claws into you on both micro and macro levels. Of course, there's that singular vibrato, always so very close -- seemingly simple, cooed phrases expand into massive ideas about the inability to love and universal loneliness. And then suddenly -- huge string arrangements and bellowing synth swells emerge, propelling the apocalyptic tenor.

In creating All Mirrors, Olsen initially planned to work on a dual record release -- a set of raw and real solo songs and a full band version of the same songs -- both to be released at once. She recorded the solo version with producer Michael Harris in Anacortes, Washington. There, she was determined to keep it bare bones in order to contrast with the not yet recorded full band record. Soon after that was completed, she began work on the more ambitious, fleshed out version with producer John Congleton, with whom she collaborated on 2014's breakout Burn Your Fire for No Witness, arranger Jherek Bischoff, multi-instrumentalist/ arranger/pre-producer Ben Babbitt, and a 14-piece orchestra.

While remaking the album with full production and new collaborators, Olsen developed a new relationship with control, and as she got further into the process, she realized she "needed to separate these two records and release All Mirrors in its heaviest form. . . It was impossible for me to deny how powerful and surprising the songs had become. The truth is that I may have never allowed this much sonic change in the first place had I not already made an account of the same songs in their purest form."

Over heavy synth and oscillating percussion, lead single "All Mirrors" navigates between the perception of what one wants to see and reality. "I chose this one as the title because I liked the theme: the theme of how we are all mirrors to and for each other," says Olsen. "Even if that is not all of it, there is always an element of projection in what we'd like to see in people and scenarios and in the way we see ourselves in those scenarios, with those people."

The Jagjaguwar limited and exclusive All Mirrors bundle includes the album on opaque aquamarine vinyl and the All Mirrors 7" on silver with black splatter vinyl. The 7" includes two versions of the album's title track: "All Mirrors" album version and "We Are All Mirrors" solo version.

As previously announced, the All Mirrors tour kicks off on October 28th. A full European leg has been added. All dates are below.

Watch Angel Olsen's "All Mirrors" Video -
https://youtu.be/Jjt698Zv5jQ
Watch Angel Olsen's "Lark" Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uaN60k0-zY

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