Listening Post

GOAT’s Gary Barlow has gone solo with a track called ‘Jaam Ak Salam’

And it's dead groovy, man

Here’s a new track by an artist who we still have no idea who it is. We do know that Goatman is the leader of enigmatic Swedish jam band GOAT, but that’s about it. He doesn’t speak often, but when he does, it’s Goatman who speaks for the rest of the band (who might not even have names themselves), and now he’s releasing music away from the group for the first time.

Identity doesn’t really matter because that’s all part of the fun with GOAT. What we do know is that this new track, ‘Jaam Ak Salam’, was recorded at GOAT’s studio in Korpilombolo at the end of last year. There’s also an album – ‘Rhythms’ – coming out on 12 October via Rocket Recordings.

This track is good because it doesn’t really sound like GOAT. Instead it’s like a Ethiopian jazz record rescued from record store obscurity that also channels the sound of James Brown in the late ’60s. It’s a groovy number.

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