The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle has had a very active 2017, putting out the band's most recent record Goths earlier this year, releasing his new novel Universal Harvester, and co-creating a new podcast, I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats, along with announcing its affiliated tribute album. Today, Darnielle announced yet another new Mountain Goats-related release, a surprise new EP titled Marsh Witch Visions.

The five-track EP contains four songs Darnielle wrote about Ozzy Osbourne, as well as a demo version of "Rain in Soho." The new EP stems from a promise Darnielle made to fans who supported his bowling team, which championed reproductive rights. He described the background of the EP's creation via Facebook:

Earlier this year I was trying to raise funds for my bowling team, the Reproductive Justice League. (It's "my" bowling team because I try to show up and bowl when I can but the real heroes are people who show up for reproductive justice every damn day.) Competition was pretty fierce so I thought I'd up the ante by volunteering to open up the vaults a little if we made a good showing. People got out their checkbooks and I was floored. Because 2017 is a double release year for me -- book in February, album in May, touring the whole time -- it took me most of the year to dig around in the files and get things together but here they are. I'm proud of these songs, which were probably otherwise going to find the written-and-forgotten destiny that I fetishize and romanticize for so many songs no-one will ever hear, and I'm really happy to be able to share them.

With the exception of the "Rain in Soho" demo, Marsh Witch Visions features more traditional acoustic arrangements to be expected from The Mountain Goats. It's free to download via Bandcamp, and you can stream it in full below.

The Mountain Goats are currently touring North America, and they'll be making two NYC-area stops, first at Jersey City's White Eagle Hall on November 10 (tickets), then at NYC's Brooklyn Steel on November 12 (tickets).

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