Album Review: Goat Girl – Goat Girl

You can’t say you aren’t getting value for money with Goat Girl‘s self-titled album. Boasting 19 tracks and coming in at just about 40 minutes in length, the album is a combination of concise, demanding and raw tracks that definitely don’t outstay their welcome.

Droning ‘Burnt the Stake‘ is pretty much the album opener with energetic, monotonous tones which continue on into ‘Creep‘ which is dominated by experimental string use and bewitching vocals. There’s a consistency to the album in the form of monotony, but there’s also a very experimental side to everything with everything ranging from punk to garage to even the more ballad, delicate styled ‘Lay Down‘.

The Man with no Heart or Brain‘ takes a jauntier and industrial turn with a playful side. Not too dissimilar to ‘Viper Fish‘ which also erupts into¬†psychedelic chaos with a chanting, hypnotic outro that drags on. However, ‘The Man with no Heart or Brain’ is a lot more fun. Repetition drags through ‘The Man‘ but its upbeat turmoil keeps it going to become the longest track on the album, but you barely even feel it.

A pair of tracks ‘I Don’t Care Pt.1/2‘ are effortless and nonchalant just like their names suggest. The first part being a constant outcry and the second being a lot more thoughtful and precise. Both are separated by the eerie, piano-led ‘Hank’s Theme‘, one of the briefer tracks on the record. These shorter of the tracks work as brief interludes connecting each track together with something more experimental. For example, ‘A Swamp Dog’s Tale‘ which is mostly monologue vocals with confused instrumentation towards the end. ‘Moonlit Monkey‘ is a hazy thing with delicate, reverb laden guitar melodies which are a soothing contrast.

The album does start to drag on towards the end, but this is all picked up again by the pressing, clamorous ‘Little Liar‘ which is once again, in your face and just begging you to play it over again.

Goat Girl’s self-titled album is certainly ambitious, aggressive and for the most part, mesmerising. It’s enticing, angry and full of monotony, but this isn’t a bad thing as it keeps you hooked, at least for the most part. For a band who only came into being around 18 months ago, it’s a promising debut album with paves the way for them.

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