"Union of Mind and Soul" is the second single to be released from GOAT’s forthcoming third album Requiem – following the June release of the single “I Sing in Silence”. "Union of Mind and Soul" sees GOAT continue the catchy but stripped down, unplugged approach that was heard on “I Sing in Silence”. At the core of "Union of Mind and Soul" is a driving acoustic guitar and a ridiculously catchy recorder riff that will have you humming for hours well after the track is over.
Three quarters of the way through, the song is punctuated with a propulsive fuzz guitar solo in true GOAT fashion. The end result of "Union of Mind and Soul" is something like what Black Sabbath would of sounded like if they came from the Wickers Man’s Summerisle.
"Union of Mind and Soul" doesn’t actually feature on the new album Requiem – this is in an alternative version to the track "Union of Sun and Moon" which the album opens with. The main difference between the tracks is the vocal approach as "Union of Mind and Soul" sees the energetic vocalists singing the lyrics in a vivacious manner, where the album’s version "Union of Sun and Moon" has the lyrics spoken in a slightly more direct and slightly eerie way.
Requiem finds Swedish psych explorers Goat focusing more on their subdued, bucolic ritualism than psilocybin freakouts. A pronounced folk-rock influence pervades the album, with stand-out tracks “Alarms,” “Try My Robe,” and “Union of Sun and Moon.” But Goat hasn’t foregone their fiery charms - tracks like “All-Seeing Eye” and “Goatfuzz” conjure the sultry pulsations that ensnared us on 2012’s World Music and 2014’s Commune.
Requiem is released on 7 October 2016 on Rocket Recordings and the band are celebrating it’s release with a tour of Europe:
Autumn tour dates (Supported by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation):
07 Oct / Malmö, SE - Babel.
08 Oct / Copenhagen, DK - Den grå hal
10 Oct / Cologne, DE - Stadtgarten.
11 Oct / Munich, DE - Ampere.
12 Oct / Berlin, DE - Berghain.
13 Oct / Heidelberg, DE - Karlstorbahnhof Enjoy Jazz.
14 Oct / Paris, FR - Cabaret Sauvage
16 Oct / Desertfest / Antwerp / Belgium
17 Oct / All Saints Church / Brighton / UK.
18 Oct / Coronet / London / UK.
19 Oct / SWX / Bristol / UK
20 Oct / Riverside / Newcastle / UK
21 Oct / 02 ABC / Glasgow / UK.
22 Oct / Albert Hall / Manchester / UK (w/ Hookworms, Jane Weaver, Mugstar).
11-12 Nov / Oslo Psych Fest / Norway
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It's been a strange old week in Britainsville. A profound sense of loss, anger and confusion reigns almost everywhere. And in the midst of all that the one and only Scotty Moore passes on, at the ripe old age of 84. Imagine music without his forceful picking: just try. Hard, isn't it?
As ever, seek solace in the vibrations. "Music Saves", after all.
BY PHIL ISTINE
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