New Music: The Go! Team – Semicircle Song (Official Music Video)
The Go! Team’s new album SEMICIRCLE out 19th January on Memphis Industries. The video was made by Go! Team main man Ian Parton along with his neighbour Bosie Vincent and was partially filmed partly during the album recording sessions in Detroit. As Ian explains:
“We were looking to make something that takes the marching band feel of the song and puts it through a kaleidoscope – something trippy and Technicolor, making geometry out of everyday patterns. I found this marching band in Jacksonville who had the best bright purple and red costumes and we arranged to film with them just a week before the floods hit. The vocals for ‘Semicircle song’ were recorded in Detroit with a bunch of teenagers who we were filming as they were singing – so the footage in the video were the actual takes that made it onto the record.”
For the new album, the Brighton-based melody-obsessed Team leader Ian Parton envisioned a marching band going rogue and chucking away their sheet music to blast out Northern soul stompers, Japanese indie-pop swooners and old-school hip hop jams. But his extensive sample library could only take him so far. So he made a pilgrimage to Detroit – city of Motown, The Stooges, of musical (and actual) revolution – where he hooked up with The Detroit Youth Choir.
Unlike the group’s 2015 The Scene Between – which was essentially a solo project that followed the dissolution of the previous Go! Team line-up – SEMICIRCLE finds Parton collaborating with current live players Simone Odaranile (drums) and Angela ‘Maki’ Won-Yin Mak (vocals), as well as two original members, guitarist Sam Dook and rapper Ninja. Annelotte de Graaf (aka Amber Arcades), previous collaborator Julie Margat (aka Lispector), and a crew of unexpected musicians feature throughout.
In keeping with the album’s marching band theme, Ian stacked up sousaphones, glockenspiels and steel drums, mic’ing them all from a distance to recreate that gymnasium sound. The effect is a kaleidoscopic cacophony, almost as if the sound itself is bent and refracted in the metallic curves of a trumpet; comforting and intoxicating at the same time.
Ian is keen to emphasise that the vibrant utopia he and his cohorts have conjured up on their fifth album is not an escapist fantasy but a potentially achievable goal. “It’s about reminding yourself of the good things in life,” he says. “We don’t want to be dumbly optimistic and say, ‘Hey, isn’t everything great!’ but there’s something to be said for just getting on with it, for getting organised and not letting the fuckers get you down. Party for your right to fight!” Pre-order SEMICIRCLE on limited edition Neon Pink Vinyl, CD, Digital and Cassette http://smarturl.it/SEMICIRCLE
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