Mother Goose’s first album was on Blast First, since then they’ve released a handful on 7”s on smaller indie labels.
The Finnish trio have been around for at least four years but this is the first time I’ve heard of them, which is a shame if their other stuff is as good as this. Mother Goose have one of the most uniquely brilliant sounds around at the moment.
The seven-track mini-album doesn’t really get off to start with ‘Little Richard’ it’s a bluesy slowcore track where Anti half sings-half talks about not being able to cope with Siamese twins, while playing three chords on a loop. It’s probably one of most depressing and mind-numbingly boring songs you’re likely to hear this year. ‘Cocaine Mirror’ is more upbeat with its jazz club drumbeat, after a few bursts“cocaine mirror, cocaine, cocaine”, the songs drifts into an ‘Experimental Jetset, Trash and No Star’-era Sonic Youth unstructured instrumental.
Next up is the superbly titled ‘Star Wars’ how can you not love a film that brought you Ewoks, it begins as ‘Cocaine Mirror’ left off, an angular post-rock instrumental, this time with strange vocals and chaotic noises. The highlight of the mini-album is ‘Nag’ with its childlike chattering “Every boy knows a girl, You’re the girl I know, What’s on girls mind, The boy will never know” and the annoying chant of “nag, nag, nag, nag”. If the girl from Blonde Redhead was actually a guy this is what they’d sound like.
The last three tracks ‘Steady Cam Man’, ‘Pirate Ship’ and ‘Common Language’ actually resemble “proper” songs, they’re brilliant but you they don’t get stuck in your head like the others. **
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