John Darnielle and Co. are still going strong after 17+ records. While biblical references have been a regular feature of Darnielle’s work he takes it a step further on The Mountain Goats’ latest where every track is named after a Bible verse. Don’t worry though, this is no holier than thou preach and destroy mission but rather a study of the meaning of faith and how it can be used to weather the pressures and trials of modern life. What keeps this record interesting is Darnielle’s recognition of the flipside of the faith card: doubt. He uses the two sides to vividly articulate the difference between how most of us are and how most of us wish we were. And by telling our own stories better than we ever could he reaffirms my belief that he’s one of the best songwriters around.
I stand corrected. I was a bit dismissive of the Horrors’ first LP Strange House. NHT thought it sounded like a campy garage goth parody. But their sophomore effort Primary Colours sees them maturing light years beyond glam shoegaze cliche into a bold new post punk sound far removed from their debut. “Whole New Way” originally appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese release of Primary Colours. They’ve since given it quite the overhaul and will release it as a single on XL Records November 6 backed by my personal favorite from the new record. Enjoy:
The second LP from these former Beta Band dudes (including founding member Gordon Anderson who left Betas after their debut) features some damn good psychedelic pop. The fact that the rest of the record tends to meander through an everything-AND-the-kitchen-sink kind of feel might put some folks off. NHT thinks it’s way worth wading through what we’ll call fascinating sound collages to get to the tasty bits below: