Saturday 6 October 2012 at 8:00pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
125 Science Dr, Durham NC, 27710, United States
A self-made singer and guitarist who elevates troubled lives to flinty poetic heights, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is the most compelling raconteur in indie music. His admiration for the early-music singers of Anonymous 4 led to the collaborative song cycle "Transcendental Youth," which premiered to acclaim at the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival in New York.
In "Transcendental Youth," haunting songs about the down-and-out in Washington State reveal a hidden affinity between two musical worlds. "The effect of Darnielle’s powerful lyrics and plaintive voice," says NPR, "set against the luminous colors of Anonymous 4, just magical." This stirring showpiece, arranged by Owen Pallett, crowns a program of medieval songs by Anonymous 4, a solo Mountain Goats set, and a handful of collaborations on timeless standards.