For practically twenty years, The Go! Team’s mastermind Ian Parton has enlisted a rolling ensemble of musicians to deliver his homespun kaleidoscopic creations to life. Not often has the songwriter-producer veered from making kinetic music that promotes philosophical beliefs, with call-and-response lyrics and DIY percussion the supply system for digestible political platitudes. The music, which takes cues from noise rock, hip-hop, Bollywood and nursery rhyme, has differed solely noticeably in instrument decisions, or a shift to function melody extra prominently.
The most recent album from Brighton-based Parton and the gang sticks with the mantra if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it. The detuned experiment ‘I Cherished You Higher’ would possibly contradict that assertion, however even this music borrows ‘Her Final Wave’ and ‘What D’You Say?’, tracks from 2015 album ‘The Scene Between’. These songs married Parton’s well-documented love of pitch-bent, distorted guitars with cloudy singing and globetrotting devices. ‘I Cherished You Higher’, nonetheless, sees him commerce protest artwork for a private story. Right here, we be taught of a lady telling her ex what they’re lacking (“At some point quickly you’ll learn the way a lot I used to be price”) amid dissonant riffs, junkyard beats and woodwind blasts.
Against this, ‘Freedom Now’ and ‘Pow’ are quintessential Go! Group protest songs. The previous is a lovechild of The Doors and Sonic Youth, replete with police sirens, flutes and organ hums. ‘Pow’ employs one other action-packed command (“Get on up / Now transfer ya ft”) in a superb cacophony of old skool hip-hop rhymes, cowbell clatters, ‘60s flute hooks and mellotron strings. The lyrics would possibly commerce once more in imprecise sloganeering, however the music emanates a spirited, revolutionary feeling.
Hopscotch hip-hop quantity ‘Cookie Scene’, that includes Detroit rapper IndigoYaj, finest showcases the album’s fondness for flute melodies, woven with Indian drone devices and rosy brass. “Taking on Michican, then going out state / Corrupting Hollywood, all the way in which to the UK”, IndigoYaj chants with all the boldness The Go! Group instil in listeners.
‘Get Up Sequences Half One’ is a smorgasbord of the band’s output. Rhythm continues to be the group’s beating coronary heart, this file boasting heady melodies and much more eclectic instrumentation than earlier than (even when earlier album ‘SEMICIRCLE’ stays melody king). Nevertheless it’s laborious to discover a unifying which means past the gorgeous noise or any indication, actually, of what a band that’s minimize‘n’spliced a plethora of sounds and style has left to say or do. Maybe an element two will reply.
Launch date: July 2
Document label: Memphis Industries