Have fun before the world ends (spoiler: it will be soon) with the debut album from Goatman. As the name suggests this is a man from sprawling Swedish collective Goat. The album is an exploration of the groove jumping across genres from jazz to psych to kraut rock. Like Goat it's hard to categorise but we can sum up with this....for fans of Goat.
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Goatman throws throwing caution to the wind to the wind once more with another reinvention of the Goat sound. Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, this is the dude from Swedish quasi-mystery Goat, who were once a psychedelic noise outfit but have since become something of a party band. In an obnoxious and snide move, whoever this Goatman is has put the words ‘WORLD MUSIC’ on the side of this record’s sleeve, apparently sloganeering a phrase we know is effectively a very political and contentious marketing ploy. Anyway…
Anyway anyway anyway. This record will likely appeal to those who have stayed the course with Goat and enjoyed their more pop-oriented psych jangle. ‘Rhythms’ is a watchword and a half, considering this record drives grooves through the heart, threading together inflections of jazz and reggae with wonderful, invigorating repetitions. To be honest, this might be better than any of the Goat tunes that have come before it, meandering less and letting catchy arrangements come through again and again in a never-ending dance gift. Maybe the presence of members from Hills and Träd, Gräs & Stenar helps bring it all together, bringing some much-needed structure to the new Goat sound.
The horns on the record are absolutely to die for, serving as fanfare and conjecture on a record of keening rhythmic rotations. The press release namedrops Fela Kuti, and it’s right: you’re probably best off just going straight to the source and listening to his stuff, but Goatman provide an enjoyable facsimile, and a few genre deviations including rock 'n' gospel. At points, the record hints at the experimental abstractions of old Goat, dabbling in drone and density. Despite being a solo record it's one of their most enjoyable records in a long, long time.
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