The Midweekly – Goat Girl

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAM, music junkie and all around righteous dude.

The name and title might have you assuming an animalistic nature, but on the contrary, the message is civilized, and the music is something more akin to mythical beings. On All Fours is the second, and most recent release, from the South London post-punk quartet Goat Girl. Not only is the songwriting solid, and attributed to the whole group, but the instrumental prowess of its members is served up, more than once, as they switch playing positions among themselves just for fun. At times the tracks sway with shoegazing airiness, and at others they are playfully pop. The styles connect and get lost in a trance of steady backbeat rhythms, bright guitar, retro synths, and dreamy vocal melodies. Production is also tight, incorporating the occasional¬†viola or trumpet into the layers. When it comes to what these songs are about, there’s no denying GG are looking at a bigger picture. Small seeds of personal experiences that grow into wider themes of social awareness. With clever nuance, tackling climate change, toxic masculinity, gender, and even what dissecting Boris Johnson might look like. The animal of this record began on all fours, but definitely stood up and joined the movement. And somewhere along the way grew magical wings made out of keyboards.

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