There was a time when The Mountain Goats dropped EP’s – little nuggets in the early days of the band, snippets in time if you will. While they’ve focused on full lengths for a good while, with their surprise release of Hex of Infinite Binding EP, they tread new territory while giving listeners some beautiful notes to swallow.
The soft notations of the four tracks offer up plenty of depth for the run time that clocks under fifteen minutes. While all of the songs are splendid, it’s the track “Hospital Reaction Shot” that should give fans of the band plenty to chew on. Full of strings and Darnielle’s soft vocals and backing vocals from the band, there’s a weight to the song that won’t escape the listener. The catchy tempo of “Tuscon Fog” is also noteworthy, while reminding you of a cleaned up home recording.
The EP is available to stream on all streaming sites, and is also available directly from the Merge Records Bandcamp page. The Mountain Goats will appear November 30 and December 1 at the Haw River Ballroom in North Carolina.
Image Credits: Photo by Jeremy Lange.