Album review: Commune by Goat

Goat Commune

Goat Commune - Credit: Archant

Whether you believe it or not, the whole shtick behind Goat is so gloriously well-realised that it could easily make their songs feel like an afterthought.

As legend has it, the mysterious group hail from the small village of Korpilombolo in northern Sweden. Centuries ago, a group of fleeing inhabitants placed a curse on the town; one which today continues to inform the generational, psychedelic world music of the band’s current incarnation.

A quick bit of research struggles to find any evidence of this outside the words of Goat themselves, but frankly who cares? Their colourful, voodoo-baiting aesthetic perfectly complements the sounds that were fleshed out on much-lauded debut, World Music, in the latter stages of 2012; sounds that they’ve continued to hone in new record, Commune.

Opener Talk To God is amongst the longest songs on the album - which otherwise is very disgestible in length - but its hypnotic Eastern guitar refrain immediately throws you into the tribal history they’ve contemporised through sqealing distortion and delay pedals.

The Light Within continues such a fine balancing act with soft, instinctive percussion, before To Travel The Path Unknown darkens events with harmonising windpipes bringing to mind the menace of a witch doctor’s curse still whistling through the village air.

The raw drive of Goat is reminiscent of Beat Happening. They invite you a club that initially seems strange and cultish, but suddenly it tranforms into something warm, familiar and full of blinding energy.

Rating: Four stars

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