It’s small wonder that Darnielle hasn’t already crafted an album about D&D, given the extensive mythologizing and cult status that surrounds it. The album’s lead single “Younger” reads like a shadowy, rollicking mini-epic, and ends on an unexpected, but wholly awesome saxophone outro — the sort of instrumental backing you’d want to commence a hero’s journey. He brands it “dragon noir.”
Darnielle writes about In League with Dragons:
This album began life as a rock opera about a besieged seaside community called Riversend ruled by a benevolent wizard, for which some five to seven songs were written. When I’m focusing on a project, I always distract myself from the through-line with multiple byways, which are kind of like mini-games within the broader architecture of a long video game
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