[ALBUM REVIEW] Cut Copy – Zonoscope

I know I’m running behind. Cut Copy’s latest is released in the summer of Australia so it’s no surprise we get summery sounding anthems that we’ll be singing come the end of June and through the summery months. But the ultimate question is this, do Cut Copy maintain the same discotheque sound that they had or do they evolve into something more, something bigger than we could have hoped for. That’s what we are about to find out.

No. Title Length
1. “Need You Now” 6:09
2. “Take Me Over” 5:50
3. “Where I’m Going” 3:34
4. “Pharaohs & Pyramids” 5:28
5. “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution” 4:17
6. “Strange Nostalgia for The Future” 2:06
7. “This is All We’ve Got” 4:43
8. “Alisa” 4:07
9. “Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat” 4:47
10. “Corner of the Sky” 5:29
11. “Sun God” 15:05
Total length:
61:22

“Need You Now” is both the first single and track off the album. It starts off with that head bobbing sound that you just want to get up and dance to. I’m really digging the vibe so far and in comes what I think might be a xylophone. The beat is so well set up that by the time the vocals kick in you’re already wanting to just get up and dance, rave style. The drum beat picks up and we get the haunting vocals of our lead singer. Cut Copy is not known for their lyrical prowess but more for the beats they create. The pop sounding electronica works and this song is totally AWESOME. If the rest of this album has any inklings of this sound then FUCK YEAH THIS ALBUM WILL RULE. See what I did there. The chorus kicks in and the beat pauses or changes each time which is pretty neat.

The following track “Take Me Over” in the beat seems to pay homage to Men Down Under in the fact that if you listen closely it sounds like that song “Africa” or “Land Down Under” or something like that. The chorus is really nice sounding, sure it lacks the lyrical prowess of some of the other bands but it’s about the beats and the pop sound that Cut Copy creates that makes you want to get up and throw down some E and dance like a maniac. Well maybe not as much. This song is just as catchy as the previous one but has a more tribal feel to it. Maybe that’s just because I’m thinking of the Men At Work band, or whatever they are called. Okay so two songs in and this album is like sex. That good.

The third track “Where I’m Going” is a very short song following the previous two tracks five minute long epics. The song has a sort of electronic Beach Boys feel to it. Like you want to go surfing or something like that. The multi-tracked vocals offer some sort of strange depth to the song. The additions of the ooohs and aaahs to the song really enforce a summery vibe as well as the California teenage surfer dream.

“Pharaohs and Pyramids” is the fourth track and it has this nice dancey beat of the previous tracks on the record. The vocals are on a low level, as if they were non existent compared to the overpowering beat. The song maintains the steady video gamey sound throughout the entire five and a half minute long song. I am really digging the entire album so far from start to finish which is impressive and near impossible to do these days when people try to micromanage each song to the point that each song could be on a different album. This song helps say that the party is closing or at least that’s the vibe I get here. The song fades out nice and slowly and you know what that’s all good. The album so far has the chance to be album of the year material.

“Blink and You’ll Miss A Revolution” starts off with a similar sound to our second track, the tribal African sound, or at least that is what it makes me think of. The vocals remind me of Depeche Mode but less deep sounding. The beat is thumping and the bass line is intense. The song has a nice vibe to it, but it’s nothing to get up rip off your shirt and dance to, it makes you think of the ’80s that you missed because you were too young to get it. I like it when the chorus sets in because it has this sound to it that just seems catchy. Of course that tribal sound still remains in the actual song itself throughout it.

The song fades nicely into the instrumental track “Strange Nostalgia for the Future” which is just an eerie sounding instrumental with oooohs in the background. I wish this song was more developed since I love the sounding on it, imagine it as a full length song with vocals and everything, reminds me of Radiohead on synths.

“This is All We Got” marks the sixth track and it has a very big and broad way of opening. As it carefully starts up slowly with a strange spacey kind of sound to it. The vocals kick in with the effects still going off in the background. This is a slower song, very slow and less intense compared to the others. I really like it though. It’s nice and slow but it’s still powerful. This song feels more like a lyrical driven song as compared to the others but to be honest with you there is nothing wrong with that. The power of the drums in the background is shown as the chorus kicks in and that’s the dominating sound. I like the way it ends with the fade out, as if something died or something I can’t describe it.

It immediately flows into the eighth track “Alisa” almost perfectly, too perfectly. The song maintains that slow pace that we have been getting from the late half of the album. Not that that is a bad thing to say the least. I am really digging the electronic pop that the band has put out. The song has very mellow vocals to match the mellow sounding keyboards and such. Once again Cut Copy continues to blow us away

“Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat” picks up the beat but at the same time it’s a more Cure-sounding track than the others. It makes you think of a more younger Robert Smith actually singing in almost every way. The song has a nice friendly space sounding beat that makes you want to at least bob around to it. For the ninth track and so far having not a single bad track yet this album has been scary. I like the strange sounds from the synth that we get here throughout the track. The lyrics are not terrible either, so far this album outdoes the previous reviewed album in almost every single way.

With just two tracks to go the album certainly has more to offer. With the last song sitting there at a cozy 15+ minutes. “Corner of the Sky” is one of the later songs that continues the beat, nice and steady nothing overpowering and nothing underwhelming. The constant feeling we get that this might be good club music if people weren’t so wrapped up in trying to pick up strangers for sex or something. That previous sentence made no sense. The songs subdued vocals though make the beat the main thing.

The final track “Sun God” leaves me with only speechless words to leave my lips. So I’ll wrap this up with my thoughts. Cut Copy weaves an album sheer genius. The second best album if not the best album so far this year rivaling that of Radiohead. This makes me want to see them to see how they do live but who knows. I want to give this album a nice 9.49/10.

No. Title Length
1. “Need You Now” 6:09
2. “Take Me Over” 5:50
3. “Where I’m Going” 3:34
4. “Pharaohs & Pyramids” 5:28
5. “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution” 4:17
6. “Strange Nostalgia for The Future” 2:06
7. “This is All We’ve Got” 4:43
8. “Alisa” 4:07
9. “Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat” 4:47
10. “Corner of the Sky” 5:29
11. “Sun God” 15:05
Total length:
61:22
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