The Mountain Goats dropped two albums in 2020. In March, while the COVID-19 pandemic left the band unable to tour, Darnielle retrieved his old Panasonic RX-FT500 tape deck and recorded 10 new songs, using the direct-to-boombox method for the first time since 2002’s All Hail West Texas. The resulting album, entitled Songs for Pierre Chuvin, was inspired by Darnielle’s reading of Pierre Chuvin’s 1990 book A Chronicle of the Last Pagans, and was released digitally on April 10, 2020, with a limited physical release on cassette through Merge Records.
The Mountain Goats announced in August 2020 that the band’s nineteenth studio album, Getting Into Knives, would be released on October 23, 2020
You can watch the band’s perform below.