The Mountain Goats

The Sunset Tree

  • CAD-2508-1
  • LP
  • $19.99

the sunset tree', goes further still. recorded with producer john vanderslice in northern california towards the end of 2004, 'the sunset tree' is a collection of songs about the house that darnielle grew up in and the people who lived there - an ensemble cast which includes darnielle himself, an ex-girlfriend, his mother, stepfather and sister, old friends and old enemies. although it is a dark record, it is far from a bleak one. crucially, darnielle garlands his darkest experiences with some of his sunniest melodies: 'dance music' is as jaunty as it is brief, skipping along hand in hand with a playful piano part that offers an impossible counterpoint to the unblinking honesty of the lyrics; 'this year' borders on the anthemic, its swaying confidence in telling contrast to the backhanded bravura of the refrain "i'm going to make it through this year, if it kills me"; and 'lion's teeth' captures an ancient split-second of domestic violence in a nervy, staccato march which renders everything that happens newly urgent and almost unbearably vivid