Rewarding solo effort from unnamed member of Swedish psychonauts Goat.
In the absence of any fresh studio product by Goat, who most recently provided the soundtrack to last year’s British horror flick Double Date, one of its members has now branched out into solo work. Given Goat’s insistence on anonymity, there are no clues as to Goatman’s real identity. What we do know is that he/ she plays more or less everything you hear on Rhythms, save for a handful of cameo turns. Dedicated to the pursuit of a decent groove, the album isn’t a radical departure from Goat, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Opening track Jaam Ak Salam is magnificent, rushing forward on an irresistible West African rhythm, punctuated by brass and featuring Senegalese singer Seydi Mandoza. There is, too, a sly nod to Funkadelic’s One Nation Under A Groove. The gospel-indebted Carry The Load is brightened by woodwinds and Swedish singer Amanda Werne, offset by the slow swing of Hum Bebass Nahin, with its squawky horns and jazzy sense of the avant-garde. Rhythms doesn’t always live up to its promise, most notably on Limelight, with its popping electronic drums, but the album rediscovers its mojo on the Fela Kuti-like Afrobeat of Aduna. RH