Ahwad of Brighton indie funk outfit The Go! Teams new album Semicircle, out 19th January via Memphis Industries, they’ve released a new video for the albums first single ‘Semicircle Song’. For the album, the band apparently envisaged envisioned a marching band going rogue and chucking away their sheet music to blast out Northern soul stompers, Japanese indie-pop swooners and old-school hip hop jams. But his extensive sample library could only take him so far. So he made a pilgrimage to Detroit – city of Motown, The Stooges, of musical (and actual) revolution – where he hooked up with The Detroit Youth Choir. Semicircle sees that rogue marching band baring their soul, which is more brilliant than the description, perhaps due to the unexpected nature of it – choirs, glockenspeils hawking melodies around, alongside a myriad of other touches, or perhaps due to the fact is it impossibly catchy.
Co-directed by Team leader Ian Parton – along with his neighbor Bosie Vincent – the video was partially filmed during the album recording sessions in Detroit and features several guest singers of The Detroit Youth Choir. As Ian explains: “We were looking to make something that takes the marching band feel of the song and puts it through a kaleidoscope – something trippy and Technicolor, making geometry out of everyday patterns. I found this marching band in Jacksonville who had the best bright purple and red costumes and we arranged to film with them just a week before the floods hit. The vocals for “Semicircle Song” were recorded in Detroit with a bunch of teenagers who we were filming as they were singing – so the footage in the video were the actual takes that made it onto the record.”
Check it out, here