The Mountain Goats‘ Transcendental Youth will be available in stores on CD, LP and digital on October 2nd. Starting today, the first 1,000 pre-orders from the Merge store will receive a limited edition 7-inch single with two exclusive songs: "Steal Smoked Fish" b/w "In the Shadow of the Western Hills."
Performed solo by Darnielle, the songs were recorded by Brandon Eggleston at Cloud City in Portland and were tracked directly to 1/2-inch tape without overdubs. Darnielle describes the 7-inch as “the end-point of a truly live all-analog chain that was never converted at any point to ones and zeroes.” Digital versions of these tracks with ones and zeros added will be available in the future.
The Mountain Goats have also made available the first single from their forthcoming album, Transcendental Youth, entitled “Cry for Judas." John Darnielle said of the track, "Like a lot of the new album, this song is about saddling up your demons and learning to ride them like devil horses with big leathery wings. To the best of my knowledge, it’s also the first song ever to feature both a swinging horn section and a line about a baphomet drawn in chalk on an altar cloth, so everybody else who was trying to square that circle can take a breather now."
Stream & download "Cry for Judas" from Transcendental Youth now below, via Merge Records’ SoundCloud stream:
Transcendental Youth was recorded at Overdub Lane in Durham with Brandon Eggleston and later mixed by Scott Solter at Baucom Road. For the first time, a Mountain Goats record features horns arrangements by Matthew E. White.
The Mountain Goats will be touring this fall. Tour dates will be announced very soon, but check below for the few official dates that have been released.
July 28 St. Petersburg, FL Antiwarpt Festival
Sept 6-8 – Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
Oct 6 Durham, NC Reynolds Industries Theatre w/ Anonymous 4