album: Semicircle - The Go! Team

album: Semicircle - The Go! Team

words: Matt Latham

You know what you’re getting with The Go! Team when a new album comes out. Ian Parton’s plunderphonic (to re-use a term that I found via Google when I talked about the track Mayday on this site) project re-teams Parton with band members past including rapper Ninja and guitarist Sam Dook. He also enlists the Detroit Youth Choir for a good chunk of the backing vocals in the album, which boosts that “oommph” that you often associate with The Go! Team.

Old school style raps being sampled over layers and layers of instruments? They themselves all mixed and mashed with other layers of samples music? It’s all here and propels the listener through a 1960s psychedelic indie-clash of sound. There’s a definite 60s vibe that repeats through Semicircle; with Chico’s Radical Decade sounding like a vintage children’s TV theme tune. This being Parton, it quite possibly samples an actual TV theme tune.

The Detroit Youth Choir add a schoolyard chant-like element to the title track Semicircle, and encourages the nostalgic tone that some of the songs generate. But it feels so fun. So upbeat and a great album to start 2018 with.