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Creative Belgian electronic four-piece GOOSE return with their new studio album ‘What You Need’, set for release via Believe Digital and Safari Records on 7th April 2017.
Having recently won the prestigious Music Industry Award for ‘Best Act’, the band went to win the 3rd position for both ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious Red Bull ‘Elektropedia Awards’. It’s about bridging the gap between the stage and the crow,” explains GOOSE, who will take their hands-in-the-air, eyes-closed, edge-of-control live show to London at Camden Assembly on 13th April, presented by Metropolis Music and Clash Magazine.
Recorded in LA with Ariel Pink, Air and Beck’s writer and arranger Jason Falkner – who also contributes guitars, synths and piano on several tracks – the highly-rated full length went straight to number one in Belgium and follow up on the success of the recently released opening single and title track, which saw support from the likes of The Independent, i-D and Love Magazine.
Bridging the world of dance and indie-rock music, ‘What You Need’, boasts a varied and exciting electronic sound. Featuring the hands-in-the-air, eyes-closed, edge-of-control beats and EBM influenced-vocals the band is famous for – a dichotomy perfectly described by Dummy as ‘combining rock dynamics with electronics’. Having been at the fore front of the Flemish electronic music scene alongside Soulwax, Aeroplane and The Magician – GOOSE became the band to embody Belgian’s unique brand of dance music for post-new wavers.
Known for their sleek aesthetic, GOOSE collaborated with De Morgen newspaper to create their own magazine featuring interviews with their friends and peers including Soulwax, Raf Simons and Pink Floyd’s sleeve artist Storm Thorgerson – went on to run DE/RE CONSTRUCTION, a multimedia installation constructed with Dior long-term collaborator Willy Vanderperre. The multidisclipinary band have also lent their hand to remixes for top artists such Daft Punk, Scissor Sisters and White Lies.
Their carefully thought sense of style can be traced back to Mickael Karkousse involvement with the avant-garde Belgian fashion scene. As one of the youngest street cast faces designer Raf Simons has ever used, the singer debuted in his iconic Radioactivity show of A/W 98-99 featuring Kraftwerk. This fertile environment has led the band to a long-term visual collaboration with cult fashion photographer and filmmaker Willy Vanderperre, which culminated with the creation of a short film to mark the release of ‘What You Need’ with cinematography from Stanley Kubrick’s favourite Larry Smith.
The album follows up on their widely praised and internationally acclaimed releases; the NME-approved debut ‘Bring It On’ through Fatboy Slim’s Skint Records, the two-time Music Industry Awards winner, sophomore album ‘Synrise’, through seminal Berlin label !K7 and The Guardian-approved latest ‘Control Control Control’.
‘What You Need’ is GOOSE’s most mature album so far – with a nomination for Best Album and Best Live Act at Red Bull ‘Elektropedia Awards’ – they’re set to be a real force to be reckoned with.