In recent years, Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle’s two novels (2014’s National Book Award-nominated Wolf in White Van and this year’s Universal Harvester) have garnered as much attention as his music. But the 50-year-old isn’t prioritizing his novelistic ambitions over his songwriting. Not only has he remained relentlessly prolific, but he’s still challenging himself to take his music places it’s never been before. Following 2015’s pro wrestling-inspired Beat the Champ, the latest Mountain Goats LP, May’s Goths, is a loose concept album about those titular social outsiders, set during the 1980s and written with Darnielle’s reliable humor and unrivaled level of detail. Sonically, too, the Mountain Goats switch things up on the album, completely abandoning the acoustic guitar for a full-band mix that’s heavy on keys and horns. Last month, Darnielle followed up the album with Marsh Witch Visions, a stripped-down, Ozzy Osbourne-themed surprise EP. With Mothers.