The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth drops on October 2nd on Merge Records, and John Darnielle and company are giving out the first single for free. “Cry For Judas” has a brassy, acoustic, and lighthearted feel to it that falls somewhere between the Violent Femmes and Beirut, but as usual for The MG’s, the content is sharp and cerebral. John says of the new 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 abaphomet drawn in chalk on an altar cloth, so everybody else who was trying to square that circle can take a breather now.”

We are the ones who don’t slow down at all.