‘The Scene Between’ is the latest album release from Brighton indie, garage rock six piece The Go! Team. Following a hiatus during which the other members dispersed to explore various musical projects and life commitments, this record marks a return to the bands origins with founder member Parton writing and recording by himself, creating a vocal/melody driven record utilising his love of sample collection and songwriting, full of catchy hooks and varying production styles.
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For the Go! Team's newest slice of are-we-having-fun-yet action, ‘The Scene Between’, the band have returned to their original formula, with principle songwriter Ian Parton sampling his archive of film scores and hip hop tunes. The sunshine is immediate: wide-eyed “What D’You Say” ushers things in with an overloud drumbeat and harmonised vocal coos that eventually lead to the most fluorescent-paved bridge you'll ever cross: a sweet keyboard melody played around confetti percussion. The record, from thereon, is varying degrees of twee, whether it’s “Rolodex the Seasons” -- an instrumental that sounds like Bob Dylan’s “I Want You” redux for a chocolate advert -- or “Did You Know?”, which uses a phone ring as its motif and sprinkles retro chords in the gaps.
‘The Scene Between’ is a reminder of when indie pop and big band were deeply infatuated with one another. The Go! Team were always a step ahead of acts like Architecture in Helsinki and I’m From Barcelona; even now, they sound more contained, Ninja standing out as the band’s protagonist, humming and pushing her way through ever-changing landscapes. They're the total opposite of Red House Painters, but they achieve the same statis: using one emotion as their theme -- pure, unadulterated joy -- they numb their listener into accepting a world of frighteningly bubbly instrumentation, crossover vocal melodies and never-ending summertime. It’s one way to get someone believing in a fantasy: keep at it until they can’t bear to fight you on it anymore. It's exhausting. Hang in there.
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