RIYL: Fun, fuzz, locked grooves, Psychedelic World Music
Label: Sub Pop (US), Rocket Recordings (UK)
Fuzz, wah-wah, deadlyÂ guitar-licks,Â groovy basslines,Â hypnotic world-beats,Â tribal outfits and hidden identities. Â TheseÂ areÂ justÂ some of what sets the allmighty GOAT aside from other acts, andÂ I am so veryÂ stoked about their third album “Requiem” coming out on Oct. 7th via Rocket Recordings (UK) and Sub Pop (US). Rocket Recordings has already sold out of their pre-orders, but be quickÂ and you mightÂ find valid links below..
Accordingly brewed and blended isolated inÂ Korpilombolo (a Swedish small townÂ north of the Arctic Circle,Â a junction of native Sami people, Scandinavian settlers, and the rare infiltration of wayfaring outsiders) Â theÂ groups spokesperson claims theÂ groupÂ to be anÂ ongoing multi-generational collective of musicians. Well, they certainly know how to stirr up some seriousÂ magic, both on records and through their fiery hot, trancendental and close to religious live-shows (or Rituals, as they’ve soÂ fittinglyÂ named them..)! Â Make sure to sign upÂ if their upcoming tour brings themÂ anywhere near you soon to experience their mindbending Ritual.Â Â And who knows, maybe your spirit will guide youÂ towardsÂ the limited “Psych”-colored Vinyl variant..
Dig the sounds of “I Sing In Silence” and “Try My Robe”, and go get GOAT!
offers their *Loser Edition while available.
This one comes onÂ Translucent Red w/ Black Vinyl, and is AVAILABLE VIA THE BUY NOW-BUTTON underneath! Â
has 3 options, but have alreadyÂ sold out of online pre-orders.. Keep reading, though.
*Dual Effect Red & Yellow (Psych) Vinyl – Â limited to 1000, Rocket shop & band tour exclusive. This sold out within a few hours via Rocket, but I suspect quite a few will follow the band on tour!
*Black Vinyl – no words on quantities, but this one actually also sold out pretty quick online. Try the sameÂ locations as the Indies-exclusive below if you wanna bag one.
*OrangeÂ Indie Exclusive Vinyl (no picture foundÂ yet) – No word on quantities pressed. This can be found at quite a few retailers (Norman Records, Picadilly, Resident andÂ Â Rough TradeÂ to name a few)
Fingers crossed for a Swedish variant on Stranded Rekords…
Loser Edition Colored Vinyl 2xLP
Limited edition Translucent Red w/ Black colored vinyl, available during pre-order or while supplies last.
shipping out on or around October 7, 2016
1. Djorolen/Union of Sun and Moon
2. I Sing in Silence
3. Temple Rhythms
5. Trouble in the Streets
6. Psychedelic Lover
8. Try My Robe 03:30
9. It's Not Me
10. All-Seeing Eye
In a culture obsessed with content, saturation, and continual exposure, itâ€™s rare to find artists who prefer to lurk outside of the public eye. Thomas Pynchon is perhaps the most notable contemporary recluseâ€”a virtually faceless figure who occasionally creeps out of hiding to offer up an elaborate novel steeped in history and warped by imaginationâ€”but for crate diggers and guitar mystics, Swedenâ€™s enigmatic GOAT may qualify as the greatest modern pop-culture mystery. Who are these masked musicians? Are they truly members of the Arctic community of Korpilombolo? Are their songs part of their isolated communal heritage? Their third studio album, Requiem, offers more questions than answers, but much like any of Pynchonâ€™s knotty yarns, the reward is not in the untangling but in the journey through the labyrinth.
Western exports may have dominated the consciousness of international rock fans for the entirety of the 20th century, but our increasing global awareness has unearthed a treasure trove of transcendental grooves and spellbinding riffage from exotic and remote corners of the planet. GOATâ€™s previous albums World Music and Commune were perfect testaments to this heightened awareness, with Silk Road psychedelia, desert blues, and Third World pop all serving as governing forces within the bandâ€™s sound. But GOATâ€™s strange amalgam isnâ€™t some cheap game of cultural appropriationâ€”itâ€™s nearly impossible to pinpoint the exact origins of the elusive groupâ€™s sound. The fact that they pledge allegiance to a spot on the periphery of our maps bolsters the nomadic quality of their sonic explorations. With Requiem, GOAT continue to rock and writhe to a beat beholden to no nation, no state.
GOATâ€™s only outright declaration for Requiem is that it is their â€śfolkâ€ť album, and the album is focused more on their subdued bucolic ritualism than psilocybin freakouts. But GOAT hasnâ€™t completely foregone their fiery charmsâ€”tracks like â€śAll-Seeing Eyeâ€ť and â€śGoatfuzzâ€ť conjure the sultry heathen pulsations that ensnared us on their previous albums.
Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of Requiem comes with the closing track â€śUbuntuâ€ť. The song is little more than a melodic delay-driven electric piano line, until we hear the refrain from â€śDiarabiâ€ťâ€”the first song on their first albumâ€”sneak into the mix. It creates a kind of musical ouroborosâ€”an infinite cycle of reflection and rejuvenation, death and rebirth. Much like fellow recluse Pynchon, rather than offering explanations for their strange trajectories, GOAT create a world where the line between truth and fiction is so obscured that all you can do is bask in their cryptic genius.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive