Sunday, July 24, 2011
GoatCraft - "GoatCraft" (2011) [Pale Horse Recordings]
A meditation in fusing compositional styles, Goatcraft's eponymous debut boasts almost an hour of moody, dark, instrumental piano pieces. These distant, gloomy home recordings feature a medium between the technically proficient and the melodically inclined, with somber melodies that seemingly moan from within otherwise harmonically dense compositions. Though perhaps just as unknown, I can almost draw a comparison to the stark neoclassical piano music of the short-lived Vannvidd, though GoatCraft's music exudes more misery and despair as opposed to Vannvidd's manic, seemingly psychotic temperament.
GoatCraft's complex, moody piano compositions are a breath of fresh air in a "scene" otherwise tainted with basement-dwellers playing dark tones on Casio keyboards. This sole musician's proficiency at composing and performing dark, sensuous music shines a bright light, beckoning talented musicians back into the world of darkwave and dark ambient musics. Hopefully they will follow suit.
For a mere $4, this limited cassette is definitely worth your time and money. Order it today from Pale Horse Recordings.
This is by no means for everyone but those who understand what is presented will find it immensely rewarding.