It was back in 2012 when the anonymous masked Swedish psychedelic collective Goat first emerged – and as the press release reminded me – claiming they were from the remote and cursed village of Korpilombo in northern Sweden, a place where inhabitants had for centuries been devoted to a form of voodoo introduced by a travelling witch doctor. This was matched with equally dizzying results with their debut album World Music – from album sleeve through to the grooves of its electric musical journey. Met with critical acclaim, the band and their funky dance-ability head filling nourishment could not be ignored, if you were looking in the right direction.
For those who have witnessed Goat live, this strange and beguiling mix of head-spinning psych, Desert Blues, Afro-beat rhythms, costumes, and Swedish folklore comes to a thrilling climax where it all makes a kind of (great escapist) sense. All at once visually eye-catching, absorbing, and damn groovy. It matters little whether there are traces of it feeling contrived or gimmicky, because they are so bloody infectiously good.
They followed their debut with 2014’2 Commune, and Requiem arrived in 2016, so as they approach nearly a decade of ritualistic trippy grooviness they release Headsoup. A compilation of non-album material from across their career, standalone singles, B-sides, digital edits and two breath- taking new songs that indicate they may even be amazingly taking the levels up a notch...
Read the full review here: Echoes and Dust