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Goat Girl

Goat Girl

Released 06/04/18 Label Rough Trade Genre UK & EU Cat no. rtradcd884



Released 06/04/18 Label Rough Trade Genre UK & EU Cat no. rtradlp884

Black Vinyl.


Released 06/04/18 Label Rough Trade Genre UK & EU Cat no. rtradlpx884

Limited to 1000 copies on Violet Vinyl.


Across 19 tracks in just 40 minutes, Goat Girl’s self-titled debut creates a half-fantasy world out of a very dirty, ugly city reality. Goat Girl belong to a burgeoning, close-knit south London scene, born in venues like The Windmill in Brixton and including bands like Shame, Bat-Bike, Madonnatron, Horsey, Sorry, and many more. This live freedom enabled the band to think without constraints when it came to recording. Goat Girl enlisted producer Dan Carey (The Kills, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand) to help them capture their vision, set a goal to write and record a piece of music in a day in effort to capture that raw first-creation moment, and chose to record to tape. It’s a very English album - sharp-eyed observations like The Kinks, louche rage like The Slits - but it’s also full of swampy, swaggering guitars and singer Lottie’s filthy drawl. Each member brings a diverse range of influences and contributions, ranging from krautrock to bossa nova, jazz to blues. They resist being boxed in to an indie, guitar-based genre, and focused intensely on the layers and textures of each song as well as the different contexts they could sit within. The result, Goat Girl, succeeds in conjuring a complete world all unto itself, and is arranged in segments - divided by improvised interludes - that offer glimpses of an even stranger parallel universe. With each song acting as its own story of sorts that features different settings and characters, listeners are transported there within. It’s dark yet cheeky, varied yet cohesive, and striking in its vision; this world is populated by creeps and liars, lovers, dreamers, and wonderful lunatics. Lead single Cracker Drool is at once jaunty and sinister, a foreboding tale full of swirling guitar, echoing vocals and synthetic drum hits that stumbles and gurgles straight into Slowly Reclines, an equally menacing and considerably heavier track. Creep is, predictably and grimly enough, inspired by actual events: Creep on the train / I really want to smash your head in. On Country Sleaze, she sings about sex in a way that embraces visceral reality and defeats shame. “If you say you’re sexually free, as a woman, society still deems that a bad thing. But really it’s a beautiful thing to be confident in yourself - to know that you can have sex and it doesn’t have to mean anything and that doesn’t make you a bad person.” Ellie smiles: “That song is quite disgusting, in a good way. It’s not trying to be nice, it’s not a love song.” Goat Girl is altogether an album crafted with intention, and invites imaginations to run wild; it draws listeners in to its half-fantasy world from the slow fade, eerie instrumental intro Salty Sounds, to the gorgeous, unsettling closer Tomorrow - a rendition of the song featured in Bugsy Malone - which ends with dawn-chorus birds and the feeling of new possibilities after a long and messy night.

Goat Girl will be performing & signing instore at Rough Trade East - Friday, 6th April 2018, Rough Trade Nottingham - Sunday, 8th April 2018 and Rough Trade Bristol - Sunday, 8th April 2018.

LP - Black Vinyl.

LP+ - Limited to 1000 copies on Violet Vinyl.

CD - Digipack.