The Mountain Goats Announce New Album ‘In League With Dragons’ & Share Single

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The Mountain Goats shared the single “Younger” from their upcoming new studio album In League With Dragons. Merge Records will release the album on April 26.

Frontman John Darnielle wrote the 12 songs making up In League With Dragons. The album was recorded with engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios and features Darnielle on guitar, Jon Wurster on drums, Peter Hughes and multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas. Darnielle wrote the following about In League With Dragons:

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 Mountain Goats recently confirmed an extensive tour in support of the new album. Stream “Younger” here:

In League With Dragons Tracklist

  1. Done Bleeding
  2. Younger
  3. Passaic 1975
  4. Clemency for the Wizard King
  5. Possum by Night
  6. In League with Dragons
  7. Doc Gooden
  8. Going Invisible 2
  9. Waylon Jennings Live!
  10. Cadaver Sniffing Dog
  11. An Antidote for Strychnine
  12. Sicilian Crest

Tour Dates for
The Mountain Goats

  • Apr
    26
    2019
  • Apr
    27
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  • Apr
    28
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  • Apr
    30
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  • May
    1
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  • May
    3
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  • May
    4
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  • May
    5
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  • May
    7
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  • May
    8
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  • May
    9
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  • May
    10
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  • May
    11
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  • May
    13
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  • May
    14
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  • May
    15
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  • May
    16
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  • May
    17
    2019
  • Aug
    28
    2019
  • Aug
    29
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  • Aug
    30
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  • Aug
    31
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  • Sep
    1
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  • Sep
    4
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  • Sep
    5
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  • Sep
    6
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  • Sep
    7
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  • Sep
    9
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  • Sep
    10
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  • Sep
    12
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  • Sep
    13
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  • Sep
    14
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  • Sep
    16
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  • Sep
    17
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  • Sep
    18
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  • Nov
    15
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  • Nov
    16
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  • Nov
    17
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    18
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  • Nov
    20
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