The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts (4 stars)

Third album from Brighton’s pop symphony fans makes feature of live instrumentation

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The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts

(Memphis Industries)

Although this third album from Brighton’s manic devotees of the pop symphony makes a feature of its roots in live instrumentation rather than the usual samples, it’s business as usual otherwise. Highlights include the hyperactive indie-pop grind of ‘Secretary Song’ and ‘Buy Nothing Day’s soaring, tambourine-shaking twang (featuring guest vocals from Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki and Best Coast’s Bethany Consentino, respectively), instrumental ‘Bust-Out Brigade’s horn-blazing soul swagger and the widescreen, old Hollywood cheer of the harmonica-led ‘Yosemite Song’. These are all growers in comparison to G!T’s classic ‘Bottle Rocket’, but this is still a rewarding record that finds lots of different ways to do happy. The live shows will be a blast.

The Go! Team play Oran Mor, Glasgow, Thu 3 Feb; Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Fri 4 Feb.

The Go! Team

Sonic Youth meet the Jackson 5 plus all points in between pop up during the Mercury Music Prize-nominated Go! Team's celebratory patchwork set.

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