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Reviewed by Will Person

Goose: Oasis In Space EP

Reviewed by Will Person

Goose: Oasis In Space EP

Four points of techno in a disco-silent expanse! As if a deepening thirst for unfamiliar bounds had projected new horizons upon the funky etheric plane of Ōtautahi artist Fergus Eglefield aka Goose’s style — ‘Oasis in Space’ arrives, with familiar groovy house technique, delivering a new place of transcendental feel and taste.

Goose stays true to his name, whilst spreading wings – expanding the new horizons of the journey through his house.

Fresh from orchestrating the resumption of the eponymous ‘Ferg’s Emporium’, after swooping upon TwoMinds Festival earlier this year, Goose may have discovered micro-doses since his last EP offering. This record appears to have navigated beyond the disco/club, dabbling in traditional eastern, dub and psychedelic elements, appropriate to today’s festival sub-genre. psy/acid feels are the new counterpoint to further refined rhythmic jaunts, ‘Oasis in Space’ continues to distinguish the consistent and tasteful approach to techno music production that Goose has established.

If the last EP ‘Things I Noticed When I’m High’ is an embodiment of observations, perhaps this one elaborates more on the experience. The titular track, a house tune with psychedelic and Middle-Eastern sounding elements, immediately signals the new drift beyond Goose’s earlier sound. Mandelbrot Zoom and The Flutes are deeper in saturated acid earworms. In The Night Garden stands out with its interesting percussive ideas which evolve as the tune progresses. Midway through, the subtle harmonic elements initially established, return for reference to begin further rhythmic travel, enhancing the hypnotic transcending vibes spawned from the initial drum-machine beat.

Collectively, these tracks have tribal repercussions. Goose typically cooks with a formula of elements, blending voices of classical and modern instrumentation over varied drum machine programming with a balance of effect treatments, often chopped vocal loops and sample cuts.

This instalment pairs nicely with the earlier EP, to bode well for intrigue in where, what or how Goose may manifest in future offerings.