London’s indie-punk provocateurs Goat Girl have today made a storming return with news of a new album called On All Fours, which was produced by Speedy Wunderground legend Dan Carey and will be coming out on January 29 through Rough Trade. The lead single is called “Sad Cowboy”, with the band’s Lottie Cream saying:

“Sad Cowboy” centres around the idea of losing a grip on reality and how often this can happen. When you’re within a world that constantly makes you feel as though you’re living out a really bad dream, disillusionment is inevitable.”

The new single is an evolution for Goat Girl, as they’ve sanded off the rough edges of their sound in favour of colourful synths around lightly tropical drums and the central guitar figure – and the result is engrossing. This polychromatic approach makes a compelling counterpoint for the disaffected and dejected voice at the centre, inviting us into a world that seems to be losing colour with each passing moment. With that in mind, Goat Girl seem to want to make the most of what’s left, and “Sad Cowboy” flourishes into the most melodically extroverted song they’ve made yet, as they drive deeper into their psychedelic swirl to find an entrancing house beat, which they ride into the depths of their minds and away from burdensome reality.

You can hear “Sad Cowboy” on streaming platforms or watch the video by Jocelyn Anquetil below.

Goat Girl’s new album On All Fours comes out on January 29 through Rough Trade (pre-order). You can follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.