Album cover of Getting Into Knives by The Mountain GoatsThis album’s title evokes the kind of YouTube esoterica one finds oneself deep within when there’s so much going on, so overwhelming, that a new obsession is called for just to drown it all out.

John Darnielle, a purveyor of unexpected interests, might sympathise.

Bouncing sincerity off snark through the warmth of horn-laden, literate rock, Getting Into Knives captures the often contradictory pursuit of trying to be oneself to the max while revelling in the shibboleths of a small community. Heaped with wry first-person narratives and precise observation, Darnielle et al. are still at the height of their powers.

Getting Into Knives by The Mountain Goats is out October 23 via Merge Records.

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