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
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
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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