- 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)
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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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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'?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first Goat cd and I was impressed. Loud and psychedelic.Published 3 months ago by Ian Stentiford
I am new to Goat, having heard one of their tracks on the radio I bought this. It was what I hoped for. Tribal sounding psy. Driving, high energy but retains a primitive sound. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Uncle Bill
Unfortunately my CD never turned up, but have heard it before and know it to be excellent.Published 11 months ago by Tanya S.