"<p><a href=\\"http:\\\/\\\/www.surfer.com\\\/wp-content\\\/uploads\\\/2014\\\/06\\\/Goat_Gold_5_1.jpg\\"><img src=\\"\\\/\\\/www.surfer.com\\\/wp-content\\\/uploads\\\/2014\\\/06\\\/Goat_Gold_5_1-667x488.jpg\\" alt=\\"Goat. Photo: Tammy Paterson\\" width=\\"667\\" height=\\"488\\" class=\\"alignnone size-medium wp-image-87641\\" \\\/><\\\/a>This is Goat. Photo: Tammy Karlsson<\\\/p>\\n<p><strong style=\\"font-size:130%;\\">Once upon a time we were mysterious.<\\\/strong Back before obsessive self-aggrandizing and mass-networking and #votefordane, we asked questions about certain surfers because the answers weren't so easily advertised. Once, we searched for Tom Curren. Once, there were rumors that Dean Morrison was a half-aboriginal orphan that Rabbit Bartholomew found beneath a rock. And even now, John John's elusiveness makes us want him more than ever.\\n\\nLike the fascinating Scandinavian band, Goat, for instance. Apparently, Goat has no actual band members, but rather, is a musical collective from a remote village in Northern Sweden that became followers of a traveling African witch doctor. Hence the maracas, congas and other very Sub-Saharan rhythms. Indeed, Goat thrives on their non-identity, wearing Voodoo masks at all their shows, and animal bones, skulls and rare bird feathers. Sure, their origin-story is dubious, but it's this mystery \\u2014 like their performances \\u2014 that's so alluring. \\n\\nGoat's sound is as exotic as their story. Part-psychedelic rock, part-West African Sabar, imagine if Fela Kuti, Tame Impala and Jefferson Airplane wandered into a forest and started jamming together. But, like, with masks on.\\n\\nWe can be mysterious again. 'Cause if you've got the sound or the talent to back up the hype, then it's worth the search. And a bit of modern mythology these days couldn't hurt anybody. Which is why we're never offended when John John forgets to call us back. <strong>\\u2013Beau Flemister<\\\/strong><\\\/p>\\n<iframe width=\\"667\\" height=\\"500\\" src=\\"\\\/\\\/www.youtube-nocookie.com\\\/embed\\\/oCigi8j6HSY?rel=0\\" frameborder=\\"0\\" allowfullscreen><\\\/iframe>\\n<iframe width=\\"667\\" height=\\"500\\" src=\\"\\\/\\\/www.youtube-nocookie.com\\\/embed\\\/u3OKLIBnZJY?rel=0\\" frameborder=\\"0\\" allowfullscreen><\\\/iframe>\\n<p><span itemprop=\\"video\\" itemscope itemtype=\\"http:\\\/\\\/schema.org\\\/VideoObject\\"><meta itemprop=\\"name\\" content=\\"Sounds: Goat\\" \\\/><meta itemprop=\\"thumbnailUrl\\" content=\\"http:\\\/\\\/www.surfingmagazine.com\\\/wp-content\\\/uploads\\\/2016\\\/05\\\/ocigi8j6hsy.jpg\\" \\\/><meta itemprop=\\"description\\" content=\\"Goat (the band, kind of) and the mysterious sounds of Northern Sweden.\\" \\\/><meta itemprop=\\"uploadDate\\" content=\\"2014-06-25T22:56:32-07:00\\" \\\/><meta itemprop=\\"embedUrl\\" content=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.youtube-nocookie.com\\\/v\\\/oCigi8j6HSY\\" \\\/><meta itemprop=\\"duration\\" content=\\"PT3M55S\\" \\\/><meta itemprop=\\"isFamilyFriendly\\" content=\\"true\\" \\\/><\\\/span><\\\/p>\\n"