ALBUM REVIEW: Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

Free Your Mind artwork
Free Your Mind artwork

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ARTIST Cut Copy

ALBUM Free Your Mind

LABEL Modular

RELEASE DATE 5 November 2013

8.3 | 10

The sun constantly shines on Australia’s Cut Copy, who yet again release a collection of upbeat, optimistic electronica with Free Your Mind. Following Zonoscope (2011) and 2008’s In Ghost Colours, this new album might possibly be the happiest the band has sounded on record. It’s a testament to the band that several years into their career as musicians they are still able to tap into a reservoir of endless joy. Free Your Mind finds Cut Copy shaping this album around a central theme of freedom for ones thoughts, and by and large the band succeeds in their endeavor.

The album’s first three tracks have all been released prior to the album’s shelf date, but sound just as vital now as they did upon first listen. The title track signals the burning optimism that runs throughout the proceedings, while “We Are Explorers” and “Let Me Show You Love” both find lead singer Dan Whitford leading us down a path towards enlightenment.

The album’s best moments find the band repurposing 90s house to fit their general aesthetic, such as on the aforementioned “Let Me Show You Love” as well as “Footsteps.” A vocal sample gives “Footsteps” a timeless feel, while it’s pounding keys help bolster the production. And while every track here features a strong chorus, it can’t help shake the feeling that some of the tracks here are throwaway songs. “In Memory Capsule” is an entirely serviceable tune, and it’s opening, which recalls fellow Aussies Tame Impala, is a welcome deviation from their norm. But it’s all a little too pleasant, with no brewing conflict to add tension to the proceedings.

And that seems to be the main point of Free Your Mind. Cut Copy isn’t interested in highlighting the tumultuous aspects of life, but instead would like to focus their energies on overpowering those faults with unbridled enthusiasm. Their insistence on creating joyful music hits its tipping point on “Walking In The Sky,” which finds Whitford and company and their sappiest. “I lost my friends / But I’m walking in the sky,” Whitford sings carelessly. Again, there’s not much of a hint of sorrow in his voice, and it results in the least sincere moment of Free Your Mind. “I think I’m home / But I’m walking in the sky,” he later sings on the track. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Cut Copy feels most at home up in the clouds.

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