29 Sep 2016

Gnod and Surgeon release collaboration


The Quietus say the following about it:

Exploratory Salford band GNOD have teamed up with techno producer Surgeon to produce the two track Behind The Lids release, which is out today on Tesla Tapes.

All proceeds from the release will go to Islington Mill's roof repair fund. The Mill is the Victorian industrial building in Salford where the band (and many other artists from various disciplines) live and work.

Islington Mill is the site of a great deal of fantastic music and art events, and one of tQ's favourite UK venues, as well as having an excellent, fully functioning B&B but over in the block where the residents live, the roof is compromised and during Manchester's recent torrential storms, water was flowing down the walls.

Watch this space for more on GNOD, their upcoming tenth birthday and Islington Mill over the coming year.

Read an interview about the release here: The Quietus

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28 Sep 2016

Line of the Best fit gives Goat's Requiem 9/10 and make it album of the week


It reads:

Goat make music as inscruitable and enchanting as themselves.

To listen to the music of monastic psych-voyagers Goat is to play the part of a detective. Theirs is a stateless, nomadic sound, barely a stampless space on a fully filled passport. Their knotted blend of East and West, African djembe with Funkadelic freakouts, immediately begs questions of origin.

The question, when asked, has been answered with layers of myth and misinformation: they claim to be from Korpilombolo in Northern Sweden, although they may spell the name incorrectly on their website. The pulsating, trancelike nature of their music comes under the influence of a voodoo tradition, which inspires too their masks an clothing; although this seems equally unlikely given Northern Sweden’s proximity to Haiti.

Read the rest here: Line of the Best Fit

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Brighton's Finest and Outline review Requiem by Goat


Brighton's Finest:
What sound does Goat make? What does it look like? When talking about the Swedish band Goat that is, it is hard to say. It is certainly psychedelic but when Brightonsfinest did an interview with the band they said, “Psychedelia is music that is free” of any barriers, meaning it could be anything. No one knows what they look like either, or whether they are the same band from one moment to the next – mainly due to the band being dressed head-to-toe in tribal wear with their identity always hidden. The band's genre of highly rhythmic and trance-like music has been played for generations by the Korpilombolo villagers, where the name derives from in Sweden, “Goat as a musical tradition is old, and we are just a recent example of the project…. , there have been recordings of Goat for the last 30 or 40 years”...

Read the rest here: Brighton's Finest

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Outline – 9/10
Who hasn’t woken up, feeling dirty and poisoned from five years of Afro-Voodoo lysergic rock feeling compelled to use their road honed skills and newly forged spiritual clarity, to celebrate the cosmos in its multiplicity? Swedish freak royalty Goat joyously release their third LP, encompassing primal screams, Asian spirituality, First Nation tribalism and most evidently, African blues.

Vibrant Trouble In The Streets pours African sunshine from shimmering guitars, Lagos Synths and calypso vocals. A call to prayer begins Psychedelic Lover, a Saharan jam spanning the 1960’s to eternity. Goatband hypnotically re-imagines Gimme Shelter, it’s mesmeric groove a thing of beauty. “Share my bread, taste my food, try my robe”, pretty hippy yeah, but whatever, I’m ritualistically dancing round a fire in Mali wearing antelope antlers, cockerals blood adorning my naked torso. Shades of Lemon Jelly on It's Not Me, NWOHM guitars on Goatfuzz and Goodbye’s freaky Congolese music box groove, Goat are pushing their ceremonial burial ship out, producing tunes to repeatedly dig...

Read the rest here: Outline

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Soundblab interviews Goat


It reads:

SB: Firstly, congratulations on the wonderful new album ‘Requiem’. What at first seems like a more restrained musical vision, is really a giant leap forwards in showcasing the collective talents of the band. It seems less dense, more free, better delineated. Fair comment? 

Thank you, I´m very happy you like it and hear these developments in the music. We feel that this is by far our best album.

SB: When I saw you at the Metro Theatre in Sydney last year, the music conveyed an energy I haven’t experienced since the peaks of rave culture, managed with most of the band not even moving an inch. The dance movements of the astonishing female vocalists however reminded me of a dragon boat in a Chinese New Year procession ! The crowd went nuts. I know I did. Is this a universal response across the world?  

Where we’ve played so far, people have always been really into it, and that has helped us, and pushed us to play effortlessly and well, and this in turn has inspired our listeners, which have pushed us further, and so it goes....

SB: Requiem is like a modern opus in two parts, the folk-like aspirations of the first six tracks giving way to the more typical abandonment of ‘Goatband’ and beyond ? That transition into ‘Goatband’ is beautifully judged ! 

Thanks! Goatband’ ends side A. The composition of our albums is a very central part of all three of them. On Requiem it was even more important to get it right, since it is 4 sides...

Read the rest here: Soundblab

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Footage and reviews of Gnoomes show at Norwich Arts Centre




Norwich Blog said
Gnoomes are an understated, modest threesome from Russia currently on a small UK tour. I always get excited to see a well stocked pedalboard onstage before a gig begins, and they don't disappoint with the effects tonight. Indecipherable but gently intoned lyrics float through on occasion but certainly don't dominate. There are great sweeping swathes of psychadelic noise, towering skyscrapers of piercing but soft, cloudy shoegazey guitar, with a driving beat behind it all. The interplay between the various energies in the songs, volumes and speeds seem effortless, and it all falls into an easy groove that flows smoothly between them.The drums are incredibly tight, almost electronic in form, which contrasts nicely with the silkiness of the rest of the music.

See the full review here: Norwich Blog

- Outline Online said:
Gnoomes are an understated, modest threesome from Russia currently on a small UK tour. I always get excited to see a well stocked pedalboard onstage before a gig begins, and they don't disappoint with the effects tonight. Indecipherable but gently intoned lyrics float through on occasion but certainly don't dominate. There are great sweeping swathes of psychadelic noise, towering skyscrapers of piercing but soft, cloudy shoegazey guitar, with a driving beat behind it all. The interplay between the various energies in the songs, volumes and speeds seem effortless, and it all falls into an easy groove that flows smoothly between them.The drums are incredibly tight, almost electronic in form, which contrasts nicely with the silkiness of the rest of the music.

See the full review here: Outline Online

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Watch Flowers Must Die full live set from Liverpool Psych Fest via IMPATV



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27 Sep 2016

Watch Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation radio session for Steve Levine

The State (I'm In) / Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation from Bido Lito! on Vimeo.

Here is Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation playing their track 'The State (I’m In)' in Steve Levine's Studio exclusively for Bido Lito / Liverpool Psych Fest

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