Goat Girl – Words Fell Out

7th June 2024 · 2020s, 2024, Music, Postpunk

I’ve liked Goat Girl ever since they emerged punkishly from the DiY scene at The Windmill nearly a decade ago. Their latest doesn’t disappoint.

I’ve followed their evolution from lo-fi experimenters into an assured electronic-ish outfit and I’ve admired the thrust of their lyrics, taking on social issues from misogyny to environmental catastrophe.

Now a trio following guitarist Ellie Rose Davies’s Stage 4 cancer diagnosis during recording of the last album, Lottie Pendlebury, Hollie Mullineaux and Rosy Jones have made their most eclectic album yet.

Produced by Spud Murphy, who has worked with Black Midi and Irish doom-folk band Lankum, some of it is noisier than before, much of it is different from before, and on this track – Words Fell Out – it’s quieter and more poignantly affecting than before.

The song is a beautiful tribute to friendship and female solidarity that tackles head-on the addiction issues (and journey to recovery) of drummer Rosy Jones.

I was particularly drawn to the moody monochrome video that perfectly complements it, directed by Lottie’s sister Molly Anne Pendlebury and choreographed by their mother, Lauren Potter.