Embodying Belgian’s unique brand of dance music are the quartet Goose. With new track ’What You Need’, out today. We have exclusive backstage footage of the bands recording sessions in LA with Ariel Pink, Air and Beck writer and arranger Jason Falkner.
Taken from the album of the same name we have put together a track by track breakdown below of their new release that has already hit the top of the Belgium charts and is out now via this link.
WHAT YOU NEED
Is our tribute to all French Touch artists that inspired us to make music. One important detail, we didn’t sample a disco track for the vocal hook. It’s Mickael’s vocal that we made sound like a sample.
It’s one of the last songs we wrote for the album. I remember we were playing synths in the studio, without the purpose to write a song. Then notes align in a way that it gets to you. That’s when magic happens. Storm Thorgerson used to call this the moment when you’re ‘in the groove’ as a band (referring to his design of the album cover for Synrise).
Sounds like Downtown Los Angeles by night, reminiscing of the past and good times with your friends.
Also the perfect soundtrack for a ‘Trip’.
The verse is certainly a typic for a GOOSE song. Not having a 4 to the floor beat or simple hardy having a beat to guide you, leave you quite alienated. But then the chorus brings you back up. It’s one of the strongest melodies on the album I guess. It sound very much like it could come straight out of a John Carpenter soundtrack. We also made version with the girl from ‘Is Tropical’ singing the chorus with us.
Is a slow disco song. The word we had in mind while recording it was : Sultry.
This one was a struggle and not to say the less: a mind f*ck.
There was no problem what so ever, to arrange it, or find the right words, but the tempo… that was the main issue. Originally the song was a least 10 bpm slower. It had a vibe. When we were mixing the track, Bart Demey (Nid & Sancy, Ktz’s music director) suggested to change the tempo so it would sound more upbeat. We went trough versions were the vocals started to sound like cartoon figures or the bass line lost his groove… This one thing we learned though: it takes time to perfect a song and luckily we persevered because eventually we found the right tempo for the track: 104bpm
Gregorian chant and hunger for love in one song.
Call Me has become one of the public’s favorite over the last summer with a guitar riff that The Edge would have wanted to write :)
If you would pick one song to introduce GOOSE to somebody, this one probably covers it all. We have never been a band that fits one genre.
Is GOOSE at it’s purest. There is nothing fake about this album, from songwriting to artwork. It’s rough, genuine, pure.
Holding Hands is lyrically the most personal track GOOSE has ever released. And in production we went far away from what you would call a club banger. It’s in every way possible closer to The Jesus and Marychain, than to Daft Punk. That’s for sure. Writing and producing this song was satisfying. Influences that we never had the opportunities to use, were now a reality.
The fact that we were in Los Angeles at that time probably helped us to create the sound for this song. I remember we listened to a lot of Ariel Pink’s music during our stay overseas.
It has become a tradition that we incorporate an instrumental track into our albums.
We are very much influenced by movie soundtracks, it’s probably the reason why our music is often used for TV as well.
At one point in the writing process we did put some vocals on that track. But as GOOSE works as a democracy ;) we decided not to go with it. Nevertheless, there is a change that one day we will put it out with vocals as a B side.
IN THE AIR
In 3 words: hard, epic, melodic. And it took us dozens of versions to come to the final arrangement and production.
On one day we entered the studio and Dave just nailed the synth take you hear in the intro. We were blown away by it’s aggression and we could image us playing this riff live on stage. It was like NIN meets Depeche Mode on Speak and Spell. Man, we were excited about this!
It’s the perfect song and tempo for walking a couple of miles with your headphones on.
The way the vocals sit on the track has a Tiga ring to it.
The last months we added Come Home to our live set list. The more we play it, the more the disco aspect of it moves forward.
Having said that, it’s not the easiest one to perform. In all it’s subtleties, we have to try and not to think about what we are playing, but letting go is the key here. Hearing the audience to sing the ooo - oh’s backings with us, always gives us so much pleasure.
FALL FALL FALL
Is an example of how Los Angeles made us feel creatively free.
We weren’t bound by styles or instruments during our stay there. It was liberating to incorporate acoustic instruments in our sound.
This is GOOSE’s most traditional song in terms of writing. For a long time we weren’t sure we’d dare to put it on the album. But if you think of it as a personal album ,we owed it to ourself to give it a place on the album. Today we are very proud of this song in all his honesty and purity.
WHERE ARE WE NOW
At first the song had a different title: “Season”. At the time we finished the song we heard the news that David Bowie passed away.
To honor him we changed the title to Where are we now, which is also a Bowie track.
This is also an example of a song that has gone through a lot of changes before we found the right arrangement. In the end we realized that for all that time the solution layed there in front of our eyes. Going back to the demo version was the way to go for this one. By adding extra layers of synths and field recordings like the sound of the Ocean waves, made it work.
We call it the Indian song because of the humming at the end. If you listen clearly you can hear Jason Falkner doing the countdown towards the end just before the humming starts.
Like Fall fall fall we wanted to keep the song in all his purity. It’s like lyrically we are talking directly to the listener. We write like it would be a scenario for a film. That visual style of songwriting is very typical for GOOSE and in particular for this album.
For the production of Make it we choose to keep it as acoustic as possible, simple because the song demanded this sound. In a demo version you hear a drum machine playing the rhythm while on the album all rhythms are live and acoustic.
It’s not the end, but the beginning of the next chapter.
The band will headline The Camden Assembly on 13th April, for tickets clickhere, plus you can catch them at The Great Escape on 20th May. For all the latest news on Goose head to www.goosemusic.com