Aug 31st, 2009
The Mountains Goats are set to release their 17th studio album ‘The Life of the World To Come’ Oct. 6th. Each track has biblical references, subsequently due to living a life that includes the death and disease, injustice and doubt that is handed to nearly everyone during their days here. One can point their finger to the sky with about as much piercing rage that one could muster, only to tire quickly in defeat. Or, one can delve into their spiritual selves, the ones that sleep just beneath our impermanence, under a bed of skin and bones and wrestle with Him for the hows and whys of it all. And that must be something like what John Darnielle attempted to do. Like the battle cries of Bazan and Sufjan Stevens, and all the rest who sit on the Holy fence, not quite Christian artists, trying their best to wade in the ambiguity enough to preach their version of the Gospel. There is something raw and vulnerable about Darnielle’s voice, it makes you believe what he says, and stay with him during all this stories.
The meaning behind the album:
The songs that came out are about losing people you love, and leaving places to which you can’t return, and about things from which people don’t & can’t recover. They are about faith and doubt and the long dark hallways that run between the two.
I think I miss the days when he’d sing about death metal bands out of Denton.
The Mountain Goats- Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
The Mountain Goats- Genesis 3:23
The Mountain Goats- Psalms 40:2