The Mountain Goats “Mobile” – Listen

This new song from the Mountain Goats is taken from the upcoming album ‘Dark in Here‘, which is due out 25th June and was recorded at the legendary FAME studios.  ‘Mobile’ features both Spooner Oldham on electric piano and Will McFarlane on guitar.   Mountain Goats bass player Peter Hughes explained how that was, and also a little about the lyrics of ‘Mobile’: “The Mountain Goats have been playing together as a band long enough to have developed a degree of musical telepathy, but listening to these two guys responding in real time to us and each other revealed another level of connectedness altogether, one bordering on the supernatural. We ran through most of these songs three times; I’m pretty sure the performance of ‘Mobile’ you’re hearing is a second take.

One of my quarantine projects after getting home was going back to Moby Dick and actually finishing it for once, and I was amused to encounter early on the retelling of the story of Jonah. If Melville gives it to us as a fiery 19th century New Bedford sermon, what ‘Mobile’ offers might be understood as Father Mapple’s modern-day Gulf Coast flip side, the breeziness of McFarlane’s electric guitar and Matt Douglas’ accordion belying its protagonist’s guilty conscience.

Photo: Jade Wilson

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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