THE GO! TEAM
Have a look at the video for track 7, Super Triangle from The Go! Team’s newly released album. For the Boards of Canada fans familiar to a similar aesthetic, the song pays a wonderful homage to the late 70’s/early 80’s classroom science videos made by the ITV and the BBC. It was hard for me to find these old educational videos online, but I feel the program Look Around You, the BBC spoof, recreates this aesthetic quite well. Do check it out if you haven’t already. Nostalgic elements of the such linger throughout the album along with a mish-mash of Motown melodies meets surf pop, meets 70’s car chase horns, meets playground double dutch chants ideas.
Two weeks ago, the UK band released their third studio album, Rolling Blackouts. The brain behind the Go! Team sound is Ian Parton, who before even forming the rest of the band, produced the debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike in his moms kitchen. It is an album which jump started his career, as well as that of the rest of the band when pitchfork put it on their list of best albums of 2004, coming #8 on the list.
I love Rolling Blackouts. Listen to track 9, Yosemite Theme and it’s bound to put a smile on your face. There are some not so surprising guest artists on the record, with Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof singing on track 2, Secretary Song, and Best Coast’s, Bethany Cosentino’s surf pop contribution, singing on track 6, Buy Nothing Day. There are other great videos accompanying the album. You will enjoy watching T.O.R.N.A.D.O which is also the opening track and a head banger at that, and another one of my favorites, Rolling Blackouts which is a homage to the 1961 french si-fi picture film, La jetée.
This is an excellent album which is bound to cheer you up and is perfect for those winter blues. Give it a listen, and do let me know what you think of it.