Mountain Goats Get Biblical On New LP

 

Sneak peak MP3 below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

BLURT faves the Mountain Goats – John Darnielle, Peter Hughes and Jon
Wurster -have their latest 4AD Records album
released on Oct. 6 titled The Life of the
World to Come
. It features
string arrangements by Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy/Arcade Fire) and is
described as “less a profession of religious faith than an immersion in Biblical
poetry and imagery… songs take their names from verses that informed or
inspired them, or which, sometimes, came up against them at right angles.”

 

Indeed,
as the titles, listed below, indicate.

 

This
will be the sixth MG album for 4AD and the followup to last year’s Heretic Pride. Here’s what BLURT had to
say about that release:

 

John Darnielle has
always been too good to be a folkie-tinged singer-songwriter; his eye for
detail and strong characterizations belong in a short story collection. After
abandoning his lo-fi experiments of the ‘90s, his post-millennium records have
focused on an imaginary battling couple and his own tortured life. This time
out, the songs were not only written at different locales but also reflect that
in their settings, including California, Brooklyn, China,
the Deep South, Portland and Berlin. Everywhere he goes, Darnielle’s
overcome by the heat and bitter relationships. But from the angry,
piano-tingled title song to the desperate, devastating “Craters of the
Moon” (“I can’t live like this anymore!”) to the bloody
flash-rock of “Lovecraft in Brooklyn,”
he channels his anger and romantic disappointment into grist for some of his
strongest songs in a while. Just be glad that he lives out in his stunning noir
fantasies in songs instead of going postal.

Check
out this advance MP3 – sounds like a cross between the late, great Miracle
Legion and the Go-Betweens, but still classic Darnielle of course.

 

 

Tracklisting:

1. 1 Samuel 15:23
2. Psalms 40:2
3. Genesis 3:23
4. Philippians 3:20-21
5. Hebrews 11:40
6. Genesis 30:3
7. Romans 10:9
8. 1 John 4:16
9. Matthew 25:21
10. Deuteronomy 2:10
11. Isaiah 45:23
12. Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace

 

 

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