[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]
The impenetrable Swedish collective Goat became a lot better known in the gap between when PopGun Booking announced their U.S. debut at Glasslands and when the show finally happened — by then at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their first proper release World Music is exactly that — European psych-rock mated to the sounds of the Western Sahara. Shocking Blue meets Group Doueh. Made up of a rotating cast of villagers from the Swedish town of Korpilombolo who have been playing together for several decades (or so the story goes), the current players in Goat would seem to manage the rare feat of being a holy trifecta of mysterious, entertaining and authentic. Even if the Swedish psych rock tag is the easiest, Goat is hardly mystical stoner music, with a heavy, danceable backbeat. Their stage presence is geared to that, as well as maintaining their mystique. All of the players appear in masks and tribal costumes, and two dancer/singers perform up front. The result is a swirling, colorful fantasia of sound and positive rock and roll unlike anything else I’ve seen. Even if the band’s shadowy origins turn out to be less fanciful than they originally appear, this will still be a band to have on your list for the festival circuit this summer and beyond.
I recorded this set with MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones and a custom made analog preamp for a warm, natural sound. The result is excellent. Enjoy!
Thanks to Danato and the rest of the Music Hall team for their hospitality and assistance, and to Goat’s team for permitting the recording.
Stream “Disco Fever”
Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA
Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack
MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Aerco MP-2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and effects)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks Tracks [Total Time 1:04:54]
02 Golden Dawn
04 Disco Fever
05 Stone Goat
06 Let It Bleed
07 Dream Building
08 Run To Your Mama
13 Det Som Aldrig Förändras / Diarabi
14 [encore break]
[unknown] The Sun the Moon