It's been just over a decade since Brighton cut-and-paste geniuses The Go! Team dazzled us with one of the most original, crazy and downright fun albums for quite some time, and since then they've lost none of that sparkle, none of that exuberance, and none of that willingness to spread sheer joy. Their fourth album, 'The Scene Between', is out in March and sees a slight shift in the creation approach, with main man Ian Parton deciding that "Melody would guide the song, samples would be treated as an instrument rather than a basis for the song, the production would vary across the song like flipping the dial on the radio and the singers must all be people I've never previously heard of." Despite this, there's also a return to the band's roots, with Parton taking care of almost the entirety of instrumentation and production himself, much like how the project began all those years ago.
So the formation is inverted, from being pieced together using interesting found sounds and ideas until they became song-shaped and then adding vocals, to writing the song first and then sprinkling it with experimental gold dust. The title-track is a perfect representation of this approach. It could have been a regular indiepop song, and maybe even began life as one. We get verses and choruses and heavenly melodies, but the hallmarks of past material are still here. 'The Scene Between' is ushered in by chimes and a sturdy beat, snapshot drumming is spattered throughout, the vocals are full of starry-eyed wonder and that treasure chest of sound effects and samples is opened up to transform a great pop song into something more engaging and with more depth. At this point it's almost meaningless to say that this is the best track of the year so far, but we can say for certain that the return of The Go! Team has got 2015 off to a flyer.