The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts

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Hip-hop, Indie Pop, Noise Pop
Memphis Industries
The Go! Team
Rolling Blackouts
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Far from its humble beginnings, multi-instrumentalist Ian Parton's kitchen-recorded pet-project-turned-real-band return with Rolling Blackouts, another tidy collection of frantic pop music. Still littered with big-band horn sections. Still rife with guest appearances along with front-woman Ninja's frigid flow. More of the same gang vocals, double dutch chants and synthesizer breakdowns. Working equally as an homage to big brass bands, old-school hip-hop, J-Pop and K Records. Yet for all of Rolling Blackouts' familiarity it never really loses the initial luster. Maybe it is a personal disposition, but I'm leaning more towards the fact that there just aren't many other artist making music like The Go! Team. Or at least in the same realm of quality.

One could point to them as a live band incarnation of The Avalanches with the same spunk as an Architecture In Helsinki and the reckless jovial abandon of a Los Campesinos! But even that feels like you're pulling strings and splitting hairs for little sake other than comparison. When in truth, the sextet's particular blend of funk, brassy goodness, playground chants, hip-hop, chamber pop and guitar driven indie rock is still pretty unique. Not to say that counts for everything, but their relative individuality affords The Go! Team a sense of continued freshness. A quality that Rolling Blackouts abuses to the full potential, delivering hooks near relentlessly to combat any possible stagnancy.

At just over forty minutes the album is a compact explosion of sorts. First track “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.” Is all pom-poms and nuclear winter—strangely uplifting, in that rally against the end of your life kind of way. An adrenaline shot straight to the chest and one of Rolling Blackouts' many high-octane blockbusters. And while the album does contain a few hiccups from time to time (I'm looking at you “I'm Ready To Go Steady” and “Lazy Poltergeist”) it is not enough to derail the whole record as it plays like one raucous apocalyptic party from start to finish. With songs like “Apollo Throwdown.” “Buy Nothing Day,” “Bust-Out Brigade” and “The Running Range” pushing boundaries of conventional pop while also being absurdly infectious.

Even as Rolling Blackouts is probably the most poppy this band has been there is little room for conventional thinking when concerning The Go! Team. The album's forays into 60's pop (“Secretary Song”) and loungey glamor (“Yosemite Theme”); not to mention straight up dream-pop (“Rolling Blackouts”) are not only welcome developments for the band but alleviate any concern that The Go! Team wouldn't continue to evolve after 2007's great-albeit-samey Proof Of Youth. And while Rolling Blackouts may suffer from the same familiarity-disease as Proof. Just like that record, this album displays an expansive, eccentric clusterfuck of pure joyous rapture we should just feel lucky enough to be able to even call “pop music;” never mind being bored with it.

1. T.O.R.N.A.D.O.
2. Secretary Song
3. Apollo Throwdown
4. Ready to Go Steady
5. Bust-Out Brigade
6. Buy Nothing Day
7. Super Triangle
8. Voice Yr Choice
9. Yosemite Theme
10. The Running Range
11. Lazy Poltergeist
12. Rolling Blackouts
13. Back Like 8 Track

The Go! Team are an English, Brighton-based sextet.
They play a unique style of funky-noisy-hip-hop meets big band indie-pop.

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