GOAT - Requiem
It's not often that I'm taken aback by an album and left wondering how I didn't know about a band or artist, but that is exactly what happened when I first listened to GOAT's Requiem. The album is like listening to a group of hippies performing a ritual in the woods with beautiful acoustic and melodic overtones. It drew me in with it's medieval ambiance intertwined with endless odes to music of the 60's and 70's.
Requiem is an acid trip for a wood nymph that wants to dance around all the pretty trees in some secluded forest in the mountains. I love psychedelic music, and this album does a great job of taking on elements of psychedelia and blending it with many global influences. What develops is an album that stands apart from many other psychedelic efforts of today.
GOAT is a Swedish troop of musicians that have two prior studio albums to their name. Requiem is their second effort on Sub Pop Records, and it sounds to me like they have really begun to find the right balance in their sound that blends so many different and diverse influences.
One of the reasons that I love owning a record store is the ability to discover new music I very well may have never stumbled upon, and Requiem is just that. It's a beautiful album that most fans of psychedelia will enjoy. It goes far beyond that though, so if you're looking for an album that will take you on a mystical journey through the forests of yesteryear with visions of elves, jesters, and wizards, this is a great album to let your imagination run wild.