An Enjoyable Sonic Upgrade,
This review is from: ZONOSCOPE (Audio CD)
Cut Copy have quite an interesting pedigree their early work sounding quite nu-rave - despite the band coming from Australia which isn't a place one naturally associates with cool club friendly music. In fact Cut Copy are a very un-Australian band. With each album they have developed their sound and "Zonoscope", their third on super cool label Modular, has given their sound a number of highly accomplished embellishments.
Compared to their previous album this is much a more song structured work, maturing and broadening their sound into a lot of interesting areas. Tracks such as "This Is All We've Got" have a psychedelic undercurrent whilst "Ailsa" and "Where I'm Going" are clearly pieces with a melodic feel moving into the indie/pop area. There are still songs which feel more like the earlier incarnation such as "Pharaohs & Pyramids" and "Need You Now" which could fit onto the last album although the latter also sounds like it could just as easily fit on something by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.
There are echoes of all kinds of influence throughout the album. Addition of bassist Ben Browning has given them something of a deeper sound. It is a slickly created work and there really isn't a bad track here. Reminding your ears of everything from New Order through to Hot Chip, this is a hugely enjoyable album brimming with danceable beats and melodies attached to well-structured high quality songs. It's a long album but it really doesn't flag thanks to this consistency. Closing tracks "Corner Of The Sky" - a percussive synth heavy groove - and the epic "Sun God" are the firmest reminders that Cut Copy aren't ready to give up their dance roots yet. The latter is something of a highlight building to a wonderful electronic climax conjuring up images of vintage era Giorgio Moroder. Never uninteresting, this is a definite highlight of 2011.