The latest release from Tom McDowell’s Library Of The Occult label is a “lost soundtrack” of sorts, this time from the band The Unseen(Klaus Morlock). Locking into a mixture of late 60s psychedelia, Gothic ambient, and just enough of those things that go bump in the night, The Goatman sounds otherworldly and aged like a fine blood wine in a long forgotten crypt.
Originally released on CD by Reverb Worship, LOTO is bringing this album back on limited edition colored vinyl and cassette. You can now experience this lost slice of psychedelic folk horror, while it lasts.
Listening to this lost soundtrack, I imagine if I had seen The Goatman I would’ve stumbled upon it late night as a kid watching Nightmare Theater on Channel 55. That was where I saw a mixture of classic Universal Monster films, Hammer Horror, and early 70s/80s exploitation like Blood Beach, Pigs, Motel Hell, and Humanoids From The Deep. The Unseen’s score locks into those late night vibes that are equal parts chill down your spine and ancient musical artifact.
The Goatman, from what I can tell, would fall into the folk horror category. The Unseen’s score feels right at home there; a mixture of guitar, synths, mellotron, and paranoia to go around. “Eerie Meadow(Opening Titles)” is subtle and makes it known this is not a meadow to be in after dark. It’s reminiscent of Charles Bernstein’s work on Nightmare On Elm Street. “Newlywed Arrival” is subtle nightmare fuel. Eerie keys play a sort of cryptic lullaby that would feel right at home in an early 70s creature feature. “Footsteps Outside The Cottage” has early Romero vibes. Season of the Witch and Martin comes to mind. “Darkening Meadow” goes for broke with the mellotron, giving the song a melancholy Moody Blues feel. It’s quite lovely and eerie.
This album tows the line between ambient and incidental, laying on both the creepy noises and psychedelic melodies that feel as if they were locked in a tomb for 71 years. “Passion in the Woods” gets a little randy with some funky guitar and electro squalls that may or may not be a couple becoming one with nature. And “Lullabies(End Titles)” closes our Goatman journey out with melancholy harpsichord and voice that feels like late-60s psych pop of the highest order.
This is yet another fantastic and darkly lit journey from Library of the Occult, our field guide into the musically macabre. The Unseen’s The Goatman locks into those ethereal and pastoral vibes of folk horror, with just the right mix of gorgeous and grotesque.
The Unseen’s ‘The Goatman’ will be available on August 6th via Library of the Occult. Buy it here.