Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, TN– Australian electronic trio Cut Copy has been one of the more consistent performers in the genre for 12 years, making their mark in 2008 with their second album “In Ghost Colours.”
Since then, the band has been putting out hit after hit internationally, refining their sound without deviating from their roots significantly.
Their fourth studio album, the 14-track “Free Your Mind,” shows the mastery Cut Copy has of the synthpop sound.
The title track, very reminiscent of ‘90s house, is filled with lyrics about embracing your true self and “shining brighter than the sun.” The rest of the album continues this ecstatic theme, which should come as no surprise to avid listeners of the group.
Other strong tracks on the album include my personal favorite “Let Me Show You Love,” a driving, trippy and synth-heavy song that serves as a shining example for the type of sound Cut Copy makes, and “We Are Explorers,” a track that seems to have influences from chillwave, due to the lo-fi keyboard sounds it has.
The album has a somewhat summery feel to it, which is appropriate, as lead singer Dan Whitford claims that the summers of 1967 and 1989, considered to be the “summers of love,” influenced “Free Your Mind” heavily. Cut Copy has always been influenced by the Manchester sound of the late 1980s, with sounds reminiscent of bands such as Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Inspiral Carpets littered throughout the album.
Although “Free Your Mind” further demonstrates how much in control of their own sound Cut Copy is, listeners may find themselves getting weary of yet another incredibly happy, sunshine-y synthpop record. Where “In Ghost Colours” announced the uniqueness of Cut Copy’s sound, “Free Your Mind” shows the ubiquity the same sound has taken on.
Cut Copy takes almost no risks in their songwriting on this album, and it seems to display that after 12 years of consistent success, that they are afraid to think outside of their box and move the electropop scene forward.
Despite this lack of ingenuity from Cut Copy, “Free Your Mind” is still a very solid release. Whether at a party or just home alone, listeners will struggle not to feel instantly happier about everything after listening to pretty much any song on the record.
Perhaps the band will take more risks on their fifth album, but for now, they remain what they are: an ecstatic, catchy, synthpop giant that knows how to make very good, not great, albums.