Orchestral motifs and cinematic strings add a layer of sophistication to the sonic palette of the record, which bears the sultry aspect of R&B throughout. Mugerwa's affinity for gloom and ambience permeate Goshen, but it's juxtaposed with jazz-tinged vocal work and lounge instrumentation that underscores much of the Other People imprint's releases. "Regretta II" stands as the most accessible track on the record.
The album boasts a mature and elastic sensibility, as every sliver of sound has seen extensive manipulation. It features an assortment of found sounds and live-recorded instruments, culled from what seems to be a heartfelt, but haphazard creative process.
And yet, there's something missing on Goshen. It's emotional and intimate, but it isn't emotive, per se. For a record so rooted in personal experience and expression, it's unable to connect the way it seems intended to, sounding more like a journal entry than a record.
The effort is admirable, and the pieces are there; hopefully, Mugerwa can open up just a little more on his next effort. (Other People)