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- Goatman by Goat
9/10 Mike Staff review, 09 February 2012
The preorders have gone nuts with this one so I've been pretty intrigued to see what the fuss is all about over this debut single from Sweden's Goat. On the A side we've got 'Goatman', with bouncy tribal drums and repetitive chant-like vocals over quite basic, minimal, filthy bass and guitar with a liberal splash of wah. It's more upbeat than I expected from a record which purports to be influenced by the Voodoo history of their home town of Korpolombolo (how much truth lies in these claims remains to be seen). It's reminding Phil a bit of Dungen but I'd put it more in with that new youthful neo-psych set like Hookworms and the Dalai Lama Rama Fa Fa Fa. Flip it and things get a bit freakier with 'The Sun' and 'The Moon', which run seamlessly into one another with more of the chanty vocals and repetitive beats and garagey guitars which are once again heavy on the wah, with the overall feel not being a million miles from early Hawkwind. There's some flute going on here too, and the pace is pretty frantic. It's great how they're taking these normally-serious sounds of ritualistic psych-folk and injecting them with a welcome shot of youthful vitality and enthusiasm. This side, my favourite of the two, is like Jethro Tull gone post-punk with its spidery guitar and whirling flute flurries. Great to see some youth and exuberance back in psych rock again!
10/10 Brian Customer review, 15th July 2012
Fucking ace this band, the forthcoming album is also totally freakin' awesome - trippy, celebratory, tribal, proper psychedelic and incredibly groovy. Interesting how they've completely ripped off the sleeve for this 7" from the debut Bathory LP released way back in '84!! Watch for those hardcore Swedish lawyers....
10/10 Ian Quann Customer review,
Pure goaty genius! Listen here... http://goatsweden.blogspot.com...
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