By all accounts, Getting Into Knives will break all of the rules associated around The Mountain Goats. The upcoming album due next week has so far given us singles that trend differently than their past. Recorded in Memphis at the Sam Phillips Recording studio, the band’s new single “Picture of My Dress” offers more of that different sound in the most refreshing way.
With a full band sound, the instruments play well off of one another. While John Darnielle’s voice dances off of the keys and the acoustic strumming, here it has an immediacy that works. Steering the ship towards this full band architecture, the full arrangements showcase a sound that feels fuller and more lush. The end result has melodies dancing off of one another while the hook feels organic.
The new single can be heard above or wherever you stream music. Getting Into Knives is ready to preorder from Merge Records before its October 23 release. The Mountain Goats will be on tour beginning August 30 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC until May 19 in Royal Oak, MI at Royal Oak Music Theatre. The band’s complete tour dates are available here.
Image Credits: Photo by Jade Wilson.