Goat - Double Date

by Rob Taylor Rating:7 Release Date:2018-04-21
Goat - Double Date
Goat - Double Date

Released on limited edition 10” 'Pool of Blood' red vinyl for Record Store Day, Goat's soundtrack to Benjamin Barfoot's horror spoof, Double Date is not what fans would expect. Whilst in the tradition of Carpenter's Halloween and Goblin's Suspiria, Goat have found distinctive voice by blending just enough of their own rhythmic mischief into the mix.

Goat actually appear in Double Date in a nightclub scene, and this is where the genesis of the project can really be found. The soundtrack itself just augments mood, as soundtracks are supposed to do i.e manipulate the audience into feeling, experiencing or anticipating. Hence 'Man Eater' probably plays when the central female characters true sociopathic natures are revealed. Muffled screams and spine chilling sound affects brought to a close by intensifying percussion. Or the horrible foretelling (I'd imagine) of the track 'The Three of Us Together Again' a slowed down rendition of the central piano theme with twittering birds and a false serenity.

Not all of Goat's soundtrack is tinkering around the edges. 'Trailer Song' is what an indigenous corroboree would sound like if the devil had been drafted in as choreographer. The schlock is complete with the funky 70s closure to the track. Here the tribalism inherent in the music of Goat is a real strength.

After some squally horn blowing, frenetic snare drumming, a bit of misconduct with a gong, and some fun with jingle and cow bells, Goat close this extended EP soundtrack with a version of 'Run to Your Mama' specially created for the film. It too is foreboding, and the schizoid radio frequencies , like much of the dissonance on offer here, creates the kind of jumpiness that horror audiences lap up. A fun release.

 

 

 

 

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