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Sound Team
Movie Monster
Capitol Records

Characteristically, Sound Team has composed a collection of low-fi electronica and synth pop melodies garnishing bouncy hooks, pleasing toccatas, and voluminous cadences on their debut full length album Movie Monster, produced by Sound Team and Michael McCarthy. Songs like "Get Out" and "Afterglow Years" showcase the band's prized assets of ephemeral synth sentences conditioning the melodic fills and moderate spreads of drum loops and guitar flutters. The vocals mesh into the instrumentation, coasting along the sonic riders. The tempos range from mid-tempo to tranquil, like the docile fluidity of the title track "Movie Monster" and the symphonic furies of "Your Eyes Are Liars."

Sound Team's album moves like a seamless sheet of musical expressions as the songs splice into each other. Like a finely orchestrated game of curling, the music works with the elements of the instruments and they are bound together with a perception for their flow and acuteness. Their selections produce a balance of electronica phrases, instrument patterns, and vocal levels similarly to OK GO, Morningwood, Blue October, and Hot Hot Heat. There is a brilliance and harmony in their splendid sonic sweeps that produces an enchanting quality from their flair for synth pop vibrancy to reactive guitar pulsations. Their tightly wound synth consonances are stylish as they intersperse the loosely bubbly beats like in the song "Born To Please."

Sound Team formulate songs with mass commercial appeal and glossy edged sound waves. The songs have a semblance to 80's synth pop with levees of progressive electronica and pop upshots. Their music shares qualities with Britpop artists like The Bravery and Kasabian, and nostalgic circumferences with The Fixx, Animotion, and The Information Society. Sound Team's plush and polished passages have trimmings of dance influences and resounding luster in the sequences which brandish a desire for harmony in music.

The Sound Team formed in 2001 at the University of Texas, initiated by lead singer Matt Oliver and bass player and songwriter Bill Baird. They recruited Sam Sanford on guitars, Gabriel Pearlman on guitars, Jordon Johns on drums and Bill's young brother Michael Baird on keyboards and synthesizers. Since 2001, Sound Team have released two CD-R's entitled Sound Team and Into The Lens. In 2005, they released an EP called Work and started Orange Label Studios in Austin, Texas. Their background is heavy in studio work and their album displays their adroitness for composing lush pieces that flicker and shine with meticulous production finishes.

-Susan Frances

1. Get Out
2. Born To Please
3. No More Birthdays
4. "Movie Monster"
5. TV Torso
6. Back In Town
7. Your Eyes Are Liars
8. Afterglow Years
9. Shattered Glass
10. You've Never Lived A Day
11. Handful Of Billions

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