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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rocket Records
  • ASIN: B008MM7C2C
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Diarabi
  2. Goatman
  3. Goathead
  4. Disco Fever
  5. Golden Dawn
  6. Let It Bleed
  7. Run To Your Mama
  8. Goatlord
  9. Det Som Aldrig Förändras Diarabi

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We are extremely excited to announce that World Music, the debut album by the band Goat is to be released on Rocket Recordings on 20th August 2012. For those who are unaware, Goat are a collective of musicians who hail from a small and very remote village called Korpolombolo in deepest darkest Sweden. Legend has it that for centuries, the inhabitants of the village of Korpolombolo were dedicated to the worship and practices of Voodoo. This strange and seemingly unlikely activity was apparently introduced into the area after a travelling witch doctor and a handful of her disciples were led to Korpolombolo by following a cipher hidden within their most sacred of ancient scriptures. The reason it led them there is unknown, but their Voodoo influence quickly took hold over the whole village and so they made it their home - there, they were able to practice their craft unnoticed and unbothered for several centuries. This was until their non-Christian ways were discovered by the Church and they were burned out by the crusaders, the survivors cursing the village over their shoulders as they fled. To this day, the now picturesque village of Korpolombolo is still haunted by this Voodoo curse; the power of the curse can be felt throughout the grooves of this Goat record. The nine track album follows the underground success of the now sought after 7 Goatman, which is also included in this selection. The band takes in many influences, from the Afro groove that is central to the album, through to head nodding psych, post-punk, turkish rock, kraut repetition and astral folk.

BBC Review

Close your eyes while World Music spins and it’s easy enough to piece together a scene for yourself. Think ritual drumming; the soft, rhythmic thump of unclad feet; ancient rites chanted in an unfamiliar tongue and rapt faces lit by the flicker of ceremonial fires while condensation drips lazily from jade-green palm fronds.

Where, now, do you think you might find yourself? Haiti? New Orleans? Saint Sebastian? Matool? Nope, instead all this voodoo-inspired wonder hails from decidedly un-tropical Sweden, courtesy of mischievous newcomers Goat.

While they might be many miles from William Seabrook’s Magic Island and their shtick – which includes an ancient curse and one member claiming he’s the 11th son of a voodoo priest – requires more than a pinch of salt to get onboard with, there’s at least one pivotal factor that certainly doesn’t fail to convince and that’s the music itself.

Channelling a more joyous energy than many others might if given the same source material (Fabio Frizzi or Steve Moore, say), Goat’s music is enigmatic and fittingly potent given the religion they’ve used as inspiration. Startling and possessed with a steady grasp of how different elements can gel and offset each other, the vertiginous mix means they’re perhaps the only band on the planet who can simultaneously bring to mind Can, Fela Kuti, Liquid Liquid and Moby Grape.

Basslines hulk and lurk, goading you pushily towards the dancefloor while psychotropic guitar parts conjure impossible colours and chanted, voice-as-instrument ululations score a deep path through your subconscious despite only one word in 50 ever actually making sense. Dip in at any point and you’re bound to hit gold, whether you light upon the cartwheel riffing of opener Diarabi, the glorious, organ-dappled funk of Disco Fever or the primal rattle and grunt of the beautiful but far-too-short Run to Your Mama.

You’ll soon find, however, that being a casual bystander simply isn’t an option: it’s all too captivating, too delirious and too gosh-darn wonderful for you not to join the fray. So surrender your mind, body and soul to the Goat and one of the year’s best albums so far.

--Charlotte Gardner

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By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
When a band calls their first release World Music you expect African rhythms and quite a bit of navel gazing. What you don't expect is an album that takes the idea of World Music and actually travels the globe. From the Indian feeling Run To Your Mama to the Middle Eastern Goatman there is a lot of diversity here with a large guitar sound backed by drums and instruments from all over the globe. The fact that they come from Sweden is all the more surprising.

Golden Dawn is a great example of a funk work out crossed with hypnotic percussion - it sounds like it was made yesterday and in the seventies at the same time. Run To Your Mama has an Indian vibe and yet it has a guitar that crunches like glam rock - yes this really does mix influences and pulls that trick off extremely well. It has a toe tapping quality that will lead you to the dancefloor if its ever put on in that environment.

Other psychedelic influenced albums have come out this year, Tame Impala are getting a lot of airplay as an example. However, this is a stronger set of tracks and is really worth checking out. One of the albums of 2012
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I got to hear the music of this band from the radio station 6 Music. Liked what I heard and later brought the CD. Listened to track 1(diarabi) and was impressed by this Eastern sounding rock instrumental. Then there's the rest of the album. I was completely blown away by the heavy psychedelic guitar work mixed with the various percussion and the strong basslines. The mix of rhythms of the world, and the powerful siren like voices of the the female vocalists that front the group. Unlike was mentioned in the Greek myth; these "sirens" don't lead sailors to their deaths, but more likely lead the sailors to stop and listen to this Swedish combos great psychedelic music and raise fists up in the air to anthemic tracks such as"run to your mama", "goatman", and "let it bleed". World Music has a strong 60s vibe to it, but in some ways it is also quite original, and a little trippy and spaced out.
I have been into rock music proper for almost 30 years, and heard many a rock song and album in my time; be it a top seller or an obscurity. My knowledge of rock music, particularly of recordings and acts from the late 60s - mid 70s is broad. Despite all that, I have never heard a band like Goat before. Old or new. There is one word that describes Goat and World Music; and that is: Amazing.
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By Glenn on 10 Dec. 2012
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Swedish mystery ensemble Goat has produced one of the more dynamic and truly psych-eccentric albums of the year/for some time, toying with World percussion, disco and the brashest guitar work, like Maggot Brainesque mayhem on 'Goathead' where the female vocal tries to out-shout electric shriek and feedback until an acoustic calm washes on the sudden shore of its blitzed world.

Songs occasionally begin with spoken maxims, as on second track 'Goatman' where an echoed American male voice intones 'there is a Creole expression to walk together, where life is hard people depend upon and help each other so that man may pray together to praise the same moral principles and together reaffirm them' and the song segues into its African beats, repeated female chant/song, and the first of the album's wah-wah and then caustic guitar layers. Then there's fifth 'Golden Dawn' where an echoed female voice informs us, just after the harpsichord introduction, 'the important thing is this, to be able any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become', lines from Belgian naturalist Charles Frédéric Dubois.

Sixth 'Let It Bleed' has a funky rhythm and freeform saxophone with indecipherable female vocals, whereas seventh 'Run To Your Mama' has a Far Eastern percussive rhythm above a Black Sabbath guitar riff and the clearly audible, repeated sung line 'boy you better run to your mama now', not quite sustaining the album's toying with aphorism. Tracks like these do not have the raw power of 'Goathead', and I would have liked more of that madness.

The album finishes on ninth track 'Det som aldrig forandras/Diarabi' [`it has never changed'?
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I have been waiting to hear something as original and rule-breaking as this since the latter days of 'Krautrock' in the 1970s. Goat blend such influences with a heavy dose of psychedelic guitar, fuzzy bass, jazzy instrumental influences and an insistent rhythm. Nothing, neither the instruments nor the occasional chanting vocals, follows the usual cliches we've come to expect, and yet the riffs are also very melodic and catchy. Having watched the Youtube videos of their appearances at Roskilde and Glastonbury festivals, I'm sure they are even more mesmeric live, and it's a slight pity that some of the ideas developed in the shorter tracks here aren't extended further in the way they do live. I've always hesitated to give any review of mine on Amazon five stars, as the reviewers are a self-selecting sample who've already invested in the purchase, but here I think it's merited. You'll probably have difficulty thinking of anything to directly liken Goat to, but it's breathtaking music with a panoramic sweep. The 2014 second album 'Commune' is slightly more subtle, but just as good.
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