The Mountain Goats release first single & launch Transcendental Youth pre-order

The Mountain Goats release first single & launch Transcendental Youth pre-order

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.

Pre-order the Mountain Goats' Transcendental Youth on CD or LP now in the Merge store

The Mountain Goats have also made available the first single from their forthcoming album, Transcendental Youth, entitled “Cry for Judas." You can stream and download the track for free at the Merge Records Soundcloud page. The track is also available in the iTunes store. 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 at the Merge SoundCloud page

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, in the meantime keep up with the Mountain Goats on Twitter, Facebook and at

Tour Dates:
July 28 St. Petersburg, FL Antiwarpt Festival
Sept 6-8 – Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
Oct 6 Durham, NC Reynolds Industries Theatre w/ Anonymous 4