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New Music: GOOSE

March 31, 2017

MusicReview | by Sophia Miles


Belgian electronic band GOOSE have an incredible ‘80s darkwave-era feel to their material, moody yet with a funky beat that makes you want to dance. Praised by The Guardian as, ‘Onstage powerhouse, successfully bridging the gap between electronic music and rock,’ their latest album What You Need is released on April 7th through Believe Digital and Safari Records. It is their fourth LP, after their debut Bring It On, sophomore Synrise and most recently Control Control  Control; and is a truly genius offering of twelve beautifully mastered tracks recorded in LA with writer and arranger Jason Faulkner (Air, Beck).

Hitting the number one spot straightaway in their native country, the foursome, known for their, ‘Hands-in-the-air, eyes-closed, edge-of-control beats and EBM influenced-vocals’ are in good company, enjoyed by Digitalism, and placed at the forefront of Flemish electro with Soulwax, Aeroplane and The Magician. Their juxtaposition of often solemn and melancholy lyrics with up-tempo electronic synths and clanging guitars add a new edge to traditional dance music. The title single off the album was released last November, followed by Call Me in February.

Creative in multiple ways besides music and known for their sleek aesthetic, the lead singer of GOOSE Mickael Karkousse debuted in Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons iconic Radioactivity show in A/W ‘98/’99. The group have also worked alongside De Morgen newspaper to create their own magazine, and have a long term collaboration with notable fashion photographer Willy Vanderperre, also from their homeland, who has previously worked for Dior, Prada and Jil Sander. Together they created a short film to accompany the release of What You Need, with cinematography by Larry Smith, a favourite of Stanley Kubrick.

They recently won the Music Industry Award for ‘Best Act’ and achieved third position in the Best Album and Best Live Act categories in the prestigious Red Bull Elektropedia Awards.

The four piece have previously performed at Pukkelpop and Warehouse Project, and are playing Camden Assembly on April 13th as headliners presented by Metropolis Music and Clash Magazine.

 

Words by Sophia Miles