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Goat girl to follow their formidable eponymous debut album of 2018 with their second, On all fours. The former South London Post-Punk quartet of Lottie, Holly, Naima and LED have thrilled critics and fans with their debut album and hope to once again challenge and surprise with their latest.
Goat Girl – ‘On all fours’.
Managing to keep a wry sense of humor and political commentary through their material, Goat Girl has produced some of the most creative, original and alternative music in recent years. However, Goat Girl’s second album “moves away from conflicted lyricism” and uses “music to explore humanitarian, environmental and conscious well-being”! All great ideas explained concisely through the last idea of a group vision statement, but does that translate into great music?
Goat Girl has already created three of the tracks on the album before its release with the two Sad cowboy and the crack released in September and December of last year respectively and Badibaba a week before the album’s release. While Sad cowboy was more in keeping with the sound the girls had created on their first album, the crack was quite different, slightly more experimental and vaguely psychedelic.
The tendency to take the less traveled path or throw a curve ball every now and then shouldn’t come as a surprise. Goat Girl’s debut album interpretation of the much-loved Bugsy Malone song, tomorrow, is nothing less than inspired. Their version, on first listen, is barely recognizable from the original, it is so different, but it functions as a wonderfully weird cover.
On all fours opens with Pest, a song that begins with minimal instrumentation and a melancholy voice, first solo, but then in layered harmony. As the song progresses through a slow, moody bassline, it begins to build up very gradually, ultimately manifesting as an indie filler enhanced by electro.
The last single, Badibaba, is first of all a lighter song, driven by a snare drum with a jerky rhythm playing under the synth loops or like Jazz (at the supermarket) uses the use of scuzzy horns and various percussion elements to help him. The largely instrumental track has a fusion of influences, including world and folk music, all synchronizing in one way or another to produce the resulting track.
Once again is a funky little number with a playful vocal treatment and Closing brings a French flavor to add to the sound of the rotating steel guitar and the rhythm set in a playful way. Anxiety is felt is even more relaxed and mellow with a soulful, soft, almost R&B or like They bite you relies more on its harmonies and layering to complement the bass and drum accompaniment. The closing tracks, Slam, Where are we going and Amen are derived in a similar fashion using a layer of harmonies, synth hooks, and creative percussion keys.
The thirteen tracks on Goat Girl’s new album are influenced by a cornucopia of styles and sounds including psychedelia, electro, R&B and even Bosa Nova. The group lived up to their word when they said they were using “music to explore” and had “moved away from conventional lyricism.” Goat Girl allowed us to break with the norm on their last album, they didn’t just stay the same and they dared to be different. On all fours is not a Post-Punk album, it is an album of exploration and experimentation by a group that promises to be a challenge forever.