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The Mountain Goats Release Surprise New EP 'Hex of Infinite Binding'

Friday, 07 September 2018 Written by Helen Payne

The Mountain Goats have released the follow up to their ‘Marsh Witch Vision’ EP.

The ‘Hex of Infinite Binding’ EP is more of the same lo-fi, indie-folk offerings we're used to from the California band, with four tracks encompassing both bluesy electric guitar tones and the more delicate acoustic plucking, clarinets, and even a peaceful string section.

John Darnielle said in a statement about the new record:

“WELCOME WAYWARD TRAVELER TO THE HEX VORTEX. 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. These songs represent, in part, the first salvo of my resolve. “Almost Every Door” and “Song for Ted Sallis” were written at home in North Carolina sometime during the summer and recorded by Brandon Eggleston at Electrical Audio in Chicago during our three-night stand at Old Town School of Folk Music. “Tucson Fog” is a home recording from last December, things can get a little dark in December. “Hospital Reaction Shot” was produced & engineered by Chris Stamey at Modern Recording, Chapel Hill, NC; Chris also wrote the string arrangements and played bass and electric guitar. Percussion on “Almost Every Door” and “Song for Ted Sallis” by Matt Espy from Dead Rider, maximum respect. 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!”

Listen below.

The Mountain Goats Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri September 07 2018 - SAN ANTONIO Texas - Paper Tiger (USA)
Sat September 08 2018 - AUSTIN Texas - ACL Live At The Moody Theater (USA)
Mon September 10 2018 - TUCSON Arizona - 191 Toole (USA)
Tue September 11 2018 - PHOENIX Arizona - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix (USA)
Thu September 13 2018 - BOULDER Colorado - Boulder Theater (USA)
Fri September 14 2018 - FORT COLLINS Colorado - Washington's - Fort Collins (USA)
Fri November 30 2018 - SAXAPAHAW North Carolina - Haw River Ballroom (USA)
Sat December 01 2018 - SAXAPAHAW North Carolina - Haw River Ballroom (USA)

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