Transcendental Youth is the 14th studio album by the Mountain Goats. The album focuses on outcasts, recluses, the mentally ill, and others struggling in ordinary society. The album is loosely unified around a group of people living in Washington state.
Several songs were performed in concert with a capella quartet Anonymous 4 and featured arrangements by long-time friend Owen Pallett. However, Anonymous 4 and Owen Pallett do not appear on the official studio album. This is the first Mountain Goats album to prominently feature a horn section, contributed and arranged by fellow musician Matthew E. White, who opened for the band on their 2012 tour.
First reported by John Darnielle on July 9, 2012, the track list is:
- Amy AKA Spent Gladiator 1
- Lakeside View Apartments Suite
- Cry for Judas
- Harlem Roulette
- White Cedar
- Until I Am Whole
- Night Light
- The Diaz Brothers
- Counterfeit Florida Plates
- In Memory of Satan
- Spent Gladiator 2
- Transcendental Youth
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