The Mountains Goats have shared a surprise EP, Hex of Infinite Binding.
“I used to release a whole bunch of EPs. I miss the general spiritual realm of the EP and am hereby centering an intention to spend more time thereat,” explained singer John Darnielle in a statement. “These songs represent, in part, the first salvo of my resolve.”
The four-track EP follows last year’s Goths and Marsh Witch Visions EP.
Expect the album to feel completely unprocessed. Two of the songs were written at home, and one was even recorded at Darnielle’s house.
Chris Stamey wrote the string arrangements on one of the tracks, and played bass and electric guitar. Percussion on “Almost Every Door” and “Song for Ted Sallis” was supplied by Matt Espy of Dead Ride.
Here’s what Darnielle has to say about his band’s new music:
Only one of these songs is directly about death but the person or persons in all these songs will someday die. The death one, ‘Hospital Reaction Shot,’ is drawn from a picture of Mickey Deans holding a press conference to inform the world of the death of Judy Garland, to whom he had been married for three months. Yet the press conference is a sham, because Judy Garland lives, as Ted Sallis lives, as do many others thought missing. They can often be found in the vortex shortly before sundown, plotting their return. We live in hope!
Stream Hex of Infinite Binding here, watch a 2008 Mountain Goats performance from the Paste archives below, and scroll through for their new EP’s tracklist and album art, as well as the band’s tour dates.
Hex of Infinite Binding Tracklist:
01. Song for Ted Sallis
02. Almost Every Door
03. Hospital Reaction Shot
04. Tucson Fog
Hex of Infinite Binding Album Art:
Mountain Goats Tour Dates:
07 – San Antonio, Texas @ Paper Tiger
08 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
10 – Tucson, Ariz. @ 191 Toole
11 – Phoenix, Ariz @ The Crescent Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
12 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf [SOLD OUT]
13 – Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
14 – Fort Collins, Colo. @ Washington’s
30 – Saxapahaw, N.C. @ Haw River Ballroom
01 – Saxapahaw, N.C. @ Haw River Ballroom