Posted on March 23rd, 2015 (10:00 am) by Nick Manai

The Scene Between is The Go! Team’s first record in four years. However, instead of being a product of retreat, relaxation, and return for the members of this collective, it is actually the first Go! Team record in years that finds lead singer / songwriter, Ian Parton, writing and recording the entire record by himself. As a matter of fact, The Scene Between even sounds like a record completed with a rush of spontaneity, in the blink of an eye, and with no time for meditation.

“What D’You Say?” opens things up here with the crack of a soda can which suddenly distorts into a digital sample. The message could not be more clear. These are songs of youthful exuberance, hopped up on sugar and spiraling towards a crash. Parton’s voice is equally buoyant and pre-adolescent. As he sings about miscues and breakdowns in communication it feels almost like high school all over again, but as catchy and ripe as the first day of summer vacation.

“Did You Know?” has a workingman’s R&B groove and even some impressive steel drum samples floating in the background. It’s almost a power ballad, but light enough to stay balanced without falling over into sentimentality. “Catch Me on the Rebound” furthers the lustful wonderment of not-so-serious commitments with burgeoning energy. “Catch me on the rebound honey / Cause I dig the way you roll / Catch me on the rebound / Cause I thought that you should know,” Parton sings, not wasting time for breath or reflection. It’s a compelling case for joviality, just so long as you don’t stop to think about what you’re rebounding from.

The samples that pop out from time to time on The Scene Between are rarely more than a side note, but don’t fully serve as a distraction either. Parton’s high-pitched vocals are often clouded by crashing drums and jangling guitars, never fully exposing themselves, giving the whole album a sort of abstracted center, which the samples rightly serve. The more you listen to it, The Scene Between feels like an autonomous work rather than a collection of singles, which is surprising given how much each song wants to catch you immediately on the most primal pop foundations.

Track List:

  1. What D'You Say?
  2. The Scene Between
  3. Waking The Jetstream
  4. Rolodex The Seasons
  5. Blowtorch
  6. Did You Know?
  7. Gaffa Tape Bikini
  8. Catch Me On The Rebound
  9. The Floating Felt Tip
  10. Her Last Wave
  11. The Art Of Getting By (Song For Heaven's Gate)
  12. Reason Left To Destroy
The Go! Team - The Scene Between Review
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Our Rating

70 / 100
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