Today, The Mountain Goats released a second single, “Rain in Soho,” from their forthcoming album Goths. The single keeps to The Mountain Goats’ Bandcamp’s original promise of “NO COMPED VOCALS NO PITCH CORRECTION NO GUITARS,” and features the Nashville Symphony Chorus.
The song features quite a bit of name-dropping—references to Baudelaire, D.B. Cooper and Heraclitus are all to be found in the single. The Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle explained to NPR that his expansive vision for goth rock does not rely as heavily on the performative aspect—he counts Bob Dylan as an influential “proto-goth.” Darnielle, instead, considers the label “goth” “a convenient shorthand for the type of music that you liked if you had a kind of a morbid imagination and favored minor keys.”
Listen to “Rain In Soho” below, watch Paste Cloud footage of a live Mountain Goats show below that, and find out more about Goths (and listen to another single from it) here. Goths will be released May 19 via Merge.