Album Review: Goat Girl - On All Fours

Tom Moorcroft gives his thoughts on Goat Girl's second LP, On All Fours.

Tom Moorcroft
8th February 2021
Where to begin when talking about this album? Goat Girl is a band that I’ve recently discovered, seeing coverage of their performance of ‘The Man’ at Glastonbury in 2019 and being as intrigued by their name as I was their unique, post-punk sound. So when I saw they’ve released a new album, On All Fours, I knew I had to give it a listen.

However, it’s safe to say that, whilst inherently punkish, this album lends it sounds to alternative rock, prog-rock and elements of electronic. Look no further than the first track ‘Pest’, a siesta of wild electronic riffs in the background, with moody vocals at the forefront and a simple yet effective melody. 

My personal favourite track, ‘The Crack’, is a grungy and dark guitar-heavy experience that adopts an ethereal and spacey vocal arrangement. However, this is contrasted by such tracks as ‘Badibaba’, with a peppy and rose-tinted bass line which, while ever-present, traverses heavier bass lines and more minor-key arrangements. 

Whilst a number of their songs may fall into a similar combination of moody-vocals, raw and distorted guitar and then a light interlude of positive electro-pop, I welcome their continuity. I think it’s exciting to see how they try and introduce Goat Girl tropes to new horizons. It’s very intriguing to hear how Clottie Cream’s refreshingly stripped-back, almost conversational vocals translate to genres such as jazz, indie and synth-pop.

In this way, On All Fours is a perfect blend of everything you’d expect from Goat Girl, and what their future has in store, and I can’t recommend it enough.

(3.5/5)

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AUTHOR: Tom Moorcroft
Head of Sport for The Courier. Current 3rd year English Literature and History student. Love writing about sports/music, playing the guitar and Everton FC!

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