The frenzied Scandinavian crew who go by the name of Goat are getting just a little less frenzied with their new material, chiefly by moving mostly to acoustic instruments. I Sing In Silence is awash with flutes and wooden percussion, all tethered to a lovely vocal melody. This is laid-back psychedelic music of a high order. 7” single on Rocket.
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Here’s that band who for all intents and purposes have spent their career in sanitation, cleaning their [most mysterious] noise music ‘til it was wiped clean and became mere psych pop. Are you not slightly less entertained?!
With its sideways guitar twang, lethargically hummed lyrics, twisted hand percussion and fair-measure flute, “I Sing In Silence” sounds like Lantern escorting King Gizzard away from a potential bar fight with the Heads after they called ‘em posers, calmly asserting “they’re not worth it, psychpals, they’re not worth it”. If you liked old Goat, you already knew they were moving far afield from your best wishes on “It’s Time For Fun”, but here, you’ll find them being twee in the arse-end of nowhere, the song wishing itself away after a brief lyrical segue for a forgetful, sleepy outro jam.
There is also “The Snake of Addis Ababa”, whose bass groove goes autopilot as the band strive for something like old-school psych hauntology: trembling, vampiric piano joins little flicks of hand percussion and fret-movements. This one is the jam: if Goat are going down this route, they may as well submit to the acoustic trance full-on.
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