Thursday, January 13, 2011


Song: Take Me Over
Artist: Cut/Copy
Album: Zonoscope

How did three years go by?  It was way back in 2008 that Australian electropop band Cut/Copy released their excellent alterna-rock infused electro album "In Ghost Colours" that included the amazing "Lights & Music," "Feel the Love," and "Hearts on Fire."  I really loved that album, and didn't realize that the band had recorded a follow-up, "Zonoscope," which is set for release at the beginning of next month.

The album was recorded in Melbourne last year and will be released on Modular just like the album prior.  I haven't heard the album in its entirety yet, just two very interesting tracks:

Back in July of 2010 the band released a preview track from the album, "Where I'm Going," which had a psychedelic rock vibe.  It was a departure from the more dance-oriented music from "Colours."  In particular the end of the track works some layered vocals and Doors-esque organ to create a trippy rock sound.  Is this a new direction?

I missed it at the time but last November the band released what seems to be the first single from the album, "Take Me Over."  This song is liberally dipped in 80's, from the Men at Work/"Land Down Under"-like opening to the synth-heavy (and yes a bit goofy) chorus.  There's some island sounds in there as well, some steel drum, some bird sound effects... there's a lot going on.  I must say I was taken aback initially, but it's grown on me a lot.  The cheese factor of that synth-heavy chorus reminded me of Goldfrapp's recent "Rocket" which sounded incredibly dated upon first couple listens but actually grew more modern and current with each listen.

I'm excited about this record and interested what the band has got up their sleeve.  It seems to be a departure from their early work... a little more organic and "band-like" which was a direction they toed the line with their previous record.  The last track on "Zonoscope" is even rumoured to be a sixteen-minute epic.  Oh boy.  From "Lights and Music" to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida..." interesting.  My ears are open.

Love that album cover too.


Take Me Over

Where I'm Going

Blink And You'll Miss the Revolution (Live)

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