Rhythms is the debut album by Goatman, a new solo project by one of the mysterious members from the Swedish collective GOAT. Recorded in GOATâ€™s northern Swedish home town of Korpilombolo in late 2017 - the 6 tracks on Rhythms reveal a true collision of African Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Gospel and Psych, but all put through the famous GOAT filters.
Rhythms is a very apt title for the album as each track is an exploration of the â€˜grooveâ€™. From the Fela Kutiâ€˜esqe drums and horns jam of Jaam Ak Salam, to the frantic gospel-jazz of Carry the Load. From the fuzzed Can via the â€˜Bristol soundâ€™ track of Hum Bebass Nahin, to the cinematic, Spacemen 3â€˜esqe drones of the album closer Baaneexu.
The end result is quite an astonishing and very unique album, like what you would expect from an album made by a member of GOAT â€“ an album that is hard to put your finger on, but one that you will keep revisiting, the more itâ€™s sounds reveals itself.
Goatman plays all the instruments on the album bar some additional drums by Hanna Ã–stergren from fellow Swedish bands Hills and TrÃ¤d, GrÃ¤s & Stenar, and an added horn section courtesy of Johan Asplund, David BystrÃ¶m.
One of the standout highlights of the album though is the collection of great guest vocalists Goatman has enlisted. Tracks Jaam Ak Salam and Aduna feature the very special voice of Senegalese singer Seydi Mandoza. You will also hear the vocals of Swedish based singers Amanda Werne on Carry the Load and Amerykhan on Hum Bebass Nahin.
Goatmanâ€™s passion for traditional and contemporary music from around the world can be clearly heard when listening to Rhythms. The level of authenticity and willingness for exploration that Goatman has captured truly shows a fanatical respect for the music he is greatly influenced by. But at the end of the day, Rhythms is an album that has a sole purpose, and that is for to you to enjoy, dance and have fun too!
1. Jaam Ak SalamÂ
2. Hum Bebass NahinÂ
4. Carry The LoadÂ
Release Date:Â 12/10/2018