From KCRW volunteer Sierra Drucker —
After a decade of making music together, Cut Copy have branded their own unique form of new wave, post punk dance jams.
Zonoscope, the third official studio album from the Australian electropop group, features a remarkable depiction of New York City engulfed by a waterfall courtesy of the late Tsunehisa Kimura. This exploration of the surreal embodies the 11 stand-alone tracks that make up their latest release.
Stream “Where I’m Going”[audio:http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/audio/WhereI’mGoing.mp3]
Zonoscope feels like a spiritual journey. Built around tribal beats, sweeping synths, and hypnotic vocal repetitions, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the soundscape of this album. Each track is so intricate and laden with unexpected sounds that leave you wondering what you just heard. The songs are unformulaic, flowing effortlessly as they rock you to a mesmerizing pulse. Add to that a hint of space rock psychedelia thanks, in part, to renowned mixer Ben Allen (Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion) and you have a work that feels almost philosophical.
Highlights from Zonoscope include the first official single “Take Me Over,” which envelops a message about seizing the day in 80’s new wave, Blondie-esque guitar licks and bouncy synths.
“Where I’m Going” is another favorite. One of the more rock-based songs, it seems to encompass the message of this album: “It’s my dream and it’s yours if you want it too. It’s a journey; it’s yours if you want it.”
Yes, this is a dance album, but it’s not so much a neon glittering glowstick dance party. It feels more personal, like a close your eyes and dance in your room when no one’s watching album. I, for one, have tried the latter, and highly recommend it.
You can look forward to Zonoscope’s release February 8 on Modular.
– Sierrra Drucker
Editor’s Note: The band is currently holed up in a warehouse in Melbourne putting the finishing touches on their brand new live show and you can find the tour dates below. All shows will feature Holy Ghost! as support.
Cut Copy U.S. Tour Dates
Sat 26 March – Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival / Bicentennial Park
Mon 28 March – Atanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage) *
Tue 29 March – Washington DC – 9:30 Club * – ON SALE FEB 3rd
Thu 31 March – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero *
Sat 2 April – New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
Mon 4 April – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
Tue 5 April – Montreal, QC – Club Soda * – ON SALE JAN 22nd
Thu 7 April – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy *
Fri 8 April – Chicago, IL – Riviera * – ON SALE JAN 22nd
Sat 9 April – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
Tue 12 April – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo *
Fri 15th April – Coachella!!!!
Sat 16 April – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency *
Wed 20 April – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *
Fri 22 April – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ *
Sat 23 April – New Orleans, LA – Republic *