After touring for Bluesfest and completing a sold out Australian tour, the Mountain Goats have shared album opener ‘Rain in Soho’ from their hotly anticipated new record Goths. Goths is out Friday 19 May via Remote Control.
The lyrics of ‘Rain in Soho’ constitute a jeremiad of vanished things: friends, places, safe harbors. At the head of the procession of the lost stands London’s Batcave, the club that birthed the genre called “goth,” usually over and above the protests of its practitioners; riding atop an ethereal vocal arrangement and a driving piano, a turbulent lament gathers force:
No morning colder than the first frost
No friends closer than the ones we’ve lost
…though you repent, and don sackcloth, and try to make nice
You can’t cross the same river twice
Goths was recorded at Blackbird Studios, Nashville; produced by Brandon Eggleston; and mixed by Scott Solter. Woodwinds were arranged and played by Matt Douglas. The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Matt Douglas and are gothic for life.
The Mountain Goats – Goths is out Friday 19th May via Remote Control Records.