this is weird and nice
this is so so good. What a return.
The St Pierre Snake Invasion set to release new album ‘Caprice Enchanté’ June/July
Agree, it’s great I assume it’s been A-listed on 6Music as I keep hearing it, but its charm is not wearing off yet…
Great bunch of lads. Get a bit of a Melvins vibe at the end sort of? Yeah? Dunno.
The debut solo single from Katie Harkin is ace:
Hopefully some album news soon.
“Yeah, it should be out mid-April,” the drummer replied, adding, “That’s the plan anyway.”
Mountain Goats fans: new album just announced, probably 26 April.
First track here, I like it: https://open.spotify.com/album/21UE82PkvBI0C6sfIwS4RD
Track-listing here: In League With Dragons. Rumours for a while had been they were doing a Dungeons and Dragons-themed album, this looks to at least be partially that way.
Looks like Beth Gibbons is up to something
Darnielle’s just revealed an album synopsis on the Mountain Goats fb page:
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.
“Dragon Noir” is the genre I didn’t know I was missing all my life.
Heh, my inbox at the moment:
Notification that you replied, email from Bandcamp about the album, email from tMG about the album, and uh email from Songkick about Post Malone
And here it is:
New Martha album is out 1st April, another new song today too.
New Josh Ritter produced by Jason Isbell. Out April 26th
Still a big fan of the first few albums. Hoping this is a return to form.
New Bat For Lashes this year apparently (soz if already mentioned)
looking forward to this - think Dark Red is pretty underrated, he was great live around that time