The second single to be dropped from The Mountain Goats’ forthcoming album Goths, Rain in Soho, presents a sweeping, dark orchestral sound, with beautiful lyrics common with frontman John Darnielle’s music: It demands to be heard. It beckons you to come, and sit, and be with it. Goths, to be released on the 28th of May, is an offshoot of the regular Mountain Goats sound, one way being that it features no guitars, like at all. And for an indie folk band, you would be right in assuming that this is a huge mainstay in the regular productions by Darnielle.
The song tells more of an abstract story, concerning nominally rain in Soho. This is first apparent with the verse: “There’s a club where you’d like to go, you could meet someone lost like you, revel in the darkness like a pair of open graves, fumble through the fog for a season or two.” The song concerns the lack of life, making it seem like the world is in Soho and the short life of what you will find there. With Darnielle’s conversational vocals layered over themselves many times, the song is given a more ethereal, dreamlike quality and adds to a track that solely would have had a quietly unsettling, apocalyptic sound.
The differences between Rain in Soho and the previous track released from the album, Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds, is vastly and immediately apparent. Where Andrew Eldritch had a more chipper, lighter tone, with bright pianos, Rain in Soho is different: harsh pianos push themselves upon the listener throughout, and the punchy, slow drums and cymbals come and go in moments of high tension. Rain in Soho is the better track of the two to be dropped from Goths, and that only attests to how predictably fantastic the band are. If the two tracks dropped already are anything to go by, Goths will be a thoughtful, dark and beautiful album.