John Darnielle e la sua creatura The Mountain Goats tornano con il disco numero 15. ‘Beat The Champ’ arriva a tre anni dal precedente ‘Transcendental Youth’ e sarà fuori il 7 aprile via Merge. L’album è ispirato al mondo del wrestling come spiega dettagliatamente il musicista dell’Indiana.
The wrestling songs, several of which, surprise surprise, are really more about death and difficult-to-navigate interior spaces than wrestling — those will all be let out of their cages on April 7th in North America. The album’s called Beat the Champ, and features cover art by Leela Corman; the vinyl will be two LPs at 45 rpm with lyrics printed on the gatefold. Why lyrics now, after a whole career of refusing to print lyrics? I don’t know. Instinct. I am especially proud of these ones. They are rather more emotional than you might guess at first blush.
…All copies of the deluxe LP are gold and green vinyl until we run out — gold for the championship belt, green for the payout LA wrestlers got when they took home the Beat the Champ title. All that glory. All that shine. Nameless bodies in unremembered rooms. Some people might be thinking to themselves, JD, wrestling, I don’t know, I’ve never really been into wrestling, but did I steer you wrong with the Bible album, even though you may not have been super-into the Bible? Fear not. In a world of false promises and hollow gimmicks, please rest assured that the old maxim still holds true, whether scrawled on the back of a claim check or carved into a bench in an abandoned locker room: you can’t trust much, but you can trust the Mountain Goats.