Cut Copy is an Australian eletro-pop band that specializes in slick, pulsating dance-rock that teeters on the abyss of adolescent naivety, but usually manages to triumphantly shake its ass at the void. Their previous record, In Ghost Colors (2008), demonstrates their ability to combine schema of indie-rock with ecstatic thumping of rave music. Their new record, Zonosphere, treads the same sonic threshold, but sounds more polished, refined, and mature, while maintaining the dance ethic they’ve developed. The first single and opening track, ‘Need You Now’, is a resolute devotion song that builds slowly but shimmers as it unfolds. Some of the songs on Zonosphere, such as ‘Take Me Over’ and ‘Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat’ deliver what I was expecting – sophisticated ‘80s dance pop (ala ABC). But other tracks surprise – the electro-glam-dance rock of ‘Where I’m Going’ (with elements of Brian Eno and minimalist modern composer Terry Riley) and the Roxy Music-influenced ‘Pharaohs & Pyramids’. ‘This is All We Got’ and ‘Alisa’ are close to straightforward rock songs, while ‘Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution’ and ‘Corner of the Sky’ deliver experimental boogie pop. ‘Sun God’ is a raver anthem that descends into a phasing electronic chasm, but it’s a decent closer for the record. I have significantly more appreciation for Cut Copy after listening to this album multiple times; they are a band that could have some influence on the sounds of this decade.
Cut Copy – Need You Now [mp3]