Among music nerds, it’s a fun exercise: play some friends an ahead-of-its-time record — like Can’s 1971 Krautrock landmark “Tago Mago” or Big Star’s 1972 power-pop blueprint “#1 Record” — and ask what year they think it’s from.
Goat’s “World Music” inverts this game.
Made in 2013 — but sounding pre-digital era — it’s a dizzying amalgam of hypnotic rhythms, childlike vocals, bongos, organ and wah, drawing upon everything from progressive rock to Indian raga and West African guitar music.
The Swedish group inked a Stateside distribution deal with Seattle’s Sub Pop label last month; they’re in town Monday, headlining Neumos.
Enigmatic types to say the least, Goat doesn’t divulge involved parties’ names — but an anonymous member, speaking on the band’s behalf, answered a handful of questions via email.
“World Music” has such a unique blend of influences. When did you start developing this style? What came first, the name or the band?
The way we see it, mankind is one and all human cultures and musical expressions are for every human to enjoy. The music we make belongs just as much to someone in Samoa as in Sweden — that makes the evolution go forward — so we choose to view all music as world music. This way of looking at human cultures, music, spirituality, evolution, etc. came before the band for sure. Still, Goat is a very old tradition, and we have always made music with an openness to be influenced from whatever we like. Music [is] just tones and rhythms floating around. Dig it.
Is there a leader? Does Goat think of itself as a band, a collective or something else?
There is no leader, and we are not really a band. You could say that the live version of Goat is a band within a larger collective… but people in Goat think of Goat in different ways.
Is the live show an integral part in understanding Goat?
If you enjoy it, you understand it your way. Don´t complicate music with using your brain [too] much. Use your ears and heart.
To you, does “World Music” contain the definitive versions of these songs, or will they continue to evolve with the band?
It has the definitive versions of those versions, I think. But it is subjective. The definitive versions might not have been made yet and will be made by someone else.
Do the members of Goat consider the band their day job? If not, what occupies their time outside of the band?
It is not our day job. Some of us have kids to [feed], and a lot of the money we make we give back to the commune… so we all work everyday jobs of various sorts.
Beyond the songs themselves, what do you hope people take away from the Goat experience?
I hope we can achieve a bigger understanding that all variations of human cultures are really just one culture, and that we share one collective soul. If we can introduce people to our world, it might be a small piece in the puzzle of developing our evolution towards a more collective, spiritual future. A very small, humble goal for a band, ha ha ha!
8 p.m. Monday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $17 (206-709-9442 or neumos.com)