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When Mercury Rev’s fourth album, Deserter’s Songs, was released in September 1998 it felt like it had come from nowhere. That is a tribute to the album’s dark, otherworldy feel, of course, but also a testament to how far Mercury Rev had fallen since the release of their debut album Yerself Is Steam in 1991. In particular the band’s third album, See You On The Other Side had flopped on its release three years earlier.

“There was fairly little interest in people wanting to release a Mercury Rev record at that point,” Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue told The Quietus of the period leading up to the release of Deserter’s Songs.

“We had left Columbia and See You On The Other Side had sold very little. It wasn’t enough to make anybody’s ears to perk up and for them to say ‘Oh I can’t wait for the next Mercury Rev record to hit the stores’. That wasn’t there, and that is the truth of it.”

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