Goat – Commune (Rocket Records)
CD / LP / DL
Out September 22nd 2014
Sweden’s mysterious collective Goat release their second mind numbing album on Monday the 22nd of September. Louder Than War’s Adrian Bloxham reviews it below.
There’s this band man, they’re like a collective or something … they all dress up in these mental costumes and no one knows who they are, like no one, they never reveal who they are. They’re like from Sweden or somewhere but they might as well be from outer space. They’re like just mad man, just off the wall.
Goat, apart from having the best band name ever, are an odd proposition. They are from Sweden and they do dress in outlandish costumes when they play, not breaking their disguise at all. The music is just as strange, a mixture of Eastern swirls, African rhythms and sixties psychedelia. The two female vocalists are atonal and strangely lack emotion when they sing. But that I think is the point.
The music doesn’t always gel together like you expect it to; it’s all outlandish swirls and swooshes with the incessant beat underneath. More of a religious droning ritual than an album from a band. But again I think that’s the point.
The record takes you away into a pagan shamanic world of ritualistic sounds and visions. It’s a whirlwind and it’s not at all easy to listen to all the way through for that very reason. The stand out track is it’s finisher ‘Gathering of Ancient Tribes’ which manages to condense everything Goat stand out for into just over six minutes, and it’s great.
Goat, less a band, more a Cult that are gaining ground by the minute.
All words by Adrian Bloxham, you can read more by Adrian at his author archive here.