Free your Mind

Free your Mind

Music CD - 2013
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Publisher: New York : Modular/Republic Records : Universal Music Distribution, 2013
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (50 minutes) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in
Performers: Cut Copy (Dan Whitford, Mitchell Scott, and Tim Hoey)
Copyright Date: ℗2013
ISBN: 0602537538256
UPC: 602537538256


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Santa Monica Staff Jan 04, 2014

This is an homage to the music of the second summer of love in 1988, when everyone was off their heads on acid house and permanently painted paisley. It's also an homage that seems to have entirely missed the point. The fourth album from this electro-pop band was apparently inspired by singer Dan Whitford's experiences in the Melbourne club scene and all the anticipated elements are here; lofty synths, infrequent acid squelches, echoing harmonies, lo-slung bass, archival audio of half-familiar voices talking about matters elusive and profound. It's got everything you need to create the hazy music of yore – except, that is, the haze. There's something insistently clear-eyed about this album and it somewhat ruins the magic in the process. Without the trippy grit you're left in a happy hippy wonderland, conscious that the melodies are thin, the lyrics trite ("You've got to live your life today, tomorrow is a world away") and the composite elements dully familiar. Cut Copy should get out more, just not in Melbourne by the sounds of it.


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