Goat : Requiem


Requiem, the third album by Swedish outfit Goat is by far the most accessible album to date. There's less of the droney kraut rock but the psychedelia still swirls on a bed of tribal drums as the collective continue to reach to the far corners of the globe for inspiration. There’s a cheerful demeanor to the album that is pervasive throughout, in a nutshell it's an upbeat folk rock album.
Requiem opens with Djorolen/Union of Sun and Moon. Acoustic guitars abound, pan flute leads the way enthusiastically as the bass bounces, a buzzing fuzz rock solo quickly assures the listener that Goat haven't completely forsaken the dark side. Alarms kicks off with fierce flamenco strums and a host of percussive instruments (wood block, vibra-slap), a by-the-numbers rock solo appears - a tad too predictable when we know what Goat are capable of. Try My Robe exhibits a Middle Eastern personality to its sound, as the unknown vocalist offers up all her worldly possessions, celebrating the hippy ideals of immaterialism and community.
On All Seeing Eye, Goat do a good job of keeping their world music foundation working under a solid rock riff, allowing electric guitar to be more than just a tool for overzealous solos. Goatfuzz follows up appropriately with some hypnotic acid rock peppered with a plethora of weird spacey noises that keep the lucid jam interesting for almost seven minutes.
As with the changing temperament of the seasons, the mood of Goat has shifted. The band is emerging from the shadows of winter, where they’ve played in the light of moonlight to welcome the onset of spring in the gleaming sun. With Requiem, Goat are still riding the acid trip; just splitting their worship between the sun and moon.