It takes a unique talent to have unreleased gems like this one buried under a pile of old magazines. As Mountains Goats mastermind John Darnielle explains, he recently came across a CD labeled “New ’02” while cleaning his office. It contained material recorded in 2002, some of which ended up his album We Shall All Be Healed. ”You & Me & A High Balcony” was one of the songs that didn’t.
“This one seemed worth letting out of its lonely cage. It audibly doesn’t really belong with the songs from We Shall All Be Healed: it shares some themes (meth, tawdry motels) but is formally in a pretty different ballpark and it’s also not very personal, whereas the songs that did end up making We Shall All Be Healed marked my first steps toward writing from direct experience.”
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For more unreleased Mountain Goats material, pick up the new reissue of All Hail West Texas, due out July 23rd via Merge Records.
Photo by Jeremy D. Larson