It s been nearly three and a half years since their last album, but this February The Go! Team returns with a new full-length, Rolling Blackouts. Frantic, seesaw brass stabs and delay-pedal vapor trails. Eagles riding the thermals. A call and response between a flute and a girl gang. Time lapse through the seasons in Yosemite Park. A ray-gun synth and a steel drum. Rolling Blackouts is epic and bratty, subtle and sweet. From the two-minute opening slammer of T.O.R.N.A.D.O. to the album s title track featuring Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), it s all restless and relentless energy. Cosentino also lends vocals to Buy Nothing Day, a hyper girls-in-the-garage jangle, while rising Tampa rapper Dominique Young Unique dominates the psych hip-hop call and response of Voice Yr Choice and goes tag-team on the string-led space race of Apollo Throwdown. Deerhoof s Satomi Matsuzaki leads the way on Secretary Song, evoking an asymmetrical Tokyo office with elevators opening on the beat, typing in time and phones ringing in rhythm. With Ready to Go Steady, the Team delivers their first straight-ahead love song, a nimble pocket-rocket symphony. The Go! Team bust onto the scene in 2004 with the universally praised Thunder, Lightning, Strike. This homebrewed collage of meticulously chosen samples and trashy live instruments assembled by founder Ian Parton somehow found its way from the bedroom to international acclaim, casually picking up a Mercury nomination along the way. The follow-up, 2007 s Proof of Youth, was the first album recorded with all six Go! Team members (plus a guest appearance from Public Enemy s Chuck D and remix assistance from My Bloody Valentine s Kevin Shields) and saw the band embark on a festival-crushing two-year world tour that wowed fans and critics alike from Seoul to Sydney to São Paolo. For this new record, a widescreen-meets-C-90-cassette lo-fi epic, The Go! Team have upped their own ante, delivering a record that is by turns their most refined, most kick-ass, most melodic and most effortlessly effusive yet.