So news that the new Mountain Goats album The Life of the World to Come is coming out October 6th via 4AD created a little old-fashioned excitement for this blogger today. According to an internet posting from head Goat John Darnielle the album was recorded earlier this year. Once again, the record finds Darnielle working with familiar friends Jon Wurster on drums and Peter Hughes on bass. As well, the recording will feature string arrangements from talented Canuckian Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy).
Curiously all of the songs are named after Bible verses. Download or listen to the new track "Genesis 3:23" here.
Darnielle explained the record's sacred themes briefly:
It's twelve new songs: twelve hard lessons the Bible taught me, kind of. More than that I'd want to wait to say until some people have heard it, which won't be long. Will there be more news soon, quite soon? Like, next week, even? Oh yes there will!"
Until then, here's the full tracklist:
The Life of the World to Come
01 1 Samuel 15:23
02 Psalms 40:2
03 Genesis 3:23 (Download here)
04 Philippians 3:20-21
05 Hebrews 11:40
06 Genesis 30:3
07 Romans 10:9
08 1 John 4:16
09 Matthew 25:21
10 Deuteronomy 2:10
11 Isaiah 45:23
12 Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace