Cut Copy’s second album, In Ghost Colours may well be one of my favorite albums of the past decade or so as it deftly mixes psychedelica, slickly produced synth pop and indie rock in a way that feels transcendent and yet deeply personal – and in the sense that Dan Whitford’s lyrics felt as though they expressed things you’ve always felt and known, in the exact same way you’ve thought of it. Their follow up, Zonoscope was a change in sonic direction as it incorporated tribal beats and other elements to create a sweaty, tropical feel. Personally, the album was a bit of disappointment for me — there were a handful of club bangers but lyrically and sonically it felt as though there were something deeply missing for the most part. However, to be fair, it can be extremely difficult for most bands to come back after an exceptional, breakout album.
November 5th marks the release of Cut Copy’s fourth full-length effort, Free Your Mind through Modular Recordings and Loma Vista Recordings. “We Are Explorers” is the latest single off the forthcoming album and from the track it sounds as though it may well be a perfect synthesis of their work to date – at the bridge you’ll hear the tribal house and rave inspired beats that were prevalent on Zonoscope; the densely layered synths on all of their work; Dan Whitford’s plaintive vocals which express a sense of remorse, regret and longing; but it also manages to be more of a return to form as it sounds much more like the club-ready tracks on the band’s debut, Bright Like Neon Love. Hopefully, if the album sounds much like this track, it may well be on this site’s Best of List for this year.