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The Mountain Goats - In League With Dragons

The Mountain Goats – In League With Dragons

by John Murphy

“Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years” runs one line on In League With Dragons, the 17th album from The Mountain Goats….



Holly Herndon – Proto


Holly Herndon is relatively anomalous in the music community, for believing that artificial intelligence can be a welcome addition to the compositional process rather than...

Com Truise – Persuasion System


Retrowave comes in many different forms: at worst it can wholly prioritise surface-level aesthetic over compositional merit, serving as nothing more than an aural Instagram...

DJINN – DJINN


A djinn, more commonly referred to as a genie in the western world, is a supernatural creature. And it feels like a comfortable reference point...

Clinic – Wheeltappers & Shunters


Clinic should be a national institution by now. On to their eighth album, Ade Blackburn and his troops are still growing musically. Wheeltappers & Shunters,...

Maps – Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.


James Chapman is like a kid in a sweetshop. For his fourth album as Maps, the first since 2013, he has acquired the keys to...

Marina – Love + Fear


Four years ago, Marina Diamandis draw a veil over the first decade of her career with her last album credited to Marina & The Diamonds,...

Hen Ogledd @ Bush Hall, London


It’s Richard Dawson’s birthday, we won’t ask which one, and so his Hen Ogledd harpist bandmate Rhodri Davies asks the spartan attendees of tonight’s show...

Loyle Carner – Not Waving, But Drowning


Loyle Carner was a breath of fresh air when he appeared with his debut album Yesterday’s Gone just two years. A likeable, articulate young man...

The National – I Am Easy To Find


If you haven’t kept your ear to the ground, The National’s eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find may be something of a surprise....

Big Thief – UFOF


Three albums into their career, you may expect UFOF to be Big Thief‘s big commercial breakthrough, a move into big commercial pop that would take...

Fat White Family @ Ritz, Manchester


Nobody had banked on Fat White Family making it this far. So, the question is, now that they appear to have ridden out their rockiest...

Big | Brave – A Gaze Among Them


If Big | Brave’s 2017 record Ardor proved anything, it’s that they will not be rushed. There aren’t many bands that have the temerity to...

Tim Hecker – Anoyo


Released as a companion piece to last year’s Konoyo, Tim Hecker’s new album is a relatively slim and minimal affair. It is filled with synthy...

Terminal Cheesecake – Le Sacre Du Liévre


Terminal Cheesecake operate at a crazed pitch not dissimilar to Butthole Surfers, albeit by varying means, in that an underlying mischievousness underscores everything they produce....

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – End Of Suffering


Frank Carter’s musical career has been staggering. And on End Of Suffering, the third with his Rattlesnakes, he pushes the boat out further than he...

Protomartyr – No Passion All Technique


The award for most disingenuous album title of all time nearly goes to Detroit punk maniacs Protomartyr, and their debut album No Passion All Technique...

Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride


Six long years have passed since we last heard from Vampire Weekend, so much time that they almost seem emblematic of a different era. Father...

Cage The Elephant – Social Cues


After a three-and-a-half-year gap, Cage The Elephant’s fifth studio album Social Cues is another twist in an interestingly varied career. Like some other recent famous...

Foxygen – Seeing Other People


Growing up in public does strange things to a psyche. Once you have experienced glowing adulation and the trappings of fame, the quest for substance...

Stealing Sheep – Big Wows


Stealing Sheep’s 2012 debut album, Into The Diamond Sun, was brilliantly eccentric; a folkish experiment with electronics and distinctive three-way harmonies. They’ve continued developing the...