Image by Andreus Johansson
Freaky, frantic and furtive; not many collectives could fit the bill for such a stirring assortment of descriptions. That was until Swedish experimental fusion artists Goat slithered from beneath the crevices of their voodoo haven of Korpolombolo, armed with bongo drums, cloaks and an intuition to intrigue.
Disguised and feathered to the nines and sizzling with an elusive aura, the septet’s roots hark back to an atheist upbringing, where they forcibly exuded creativity into music as children that intensified to form the wild, rule-bending and jangly outfit we are truly taken aback by today. Accusations of cultural misappropriation not-withstanding, their nevertheless clever amalgamation of world music, Afrobeat, psychedelic and acid rock is contorted and unique, as are their hypnotic dance shapes and brilliantly ludicrous costumes.
With their fourth album, Requiem, about to be released this month, Goat’s live show at Newcastle’s Riverside on Thursday 20th October is bound to provide tribal-esque anthems and a healthy side dose of funk. Mask optional.