by Dan Fricker
In Ghost Colours
Official Site: http://www.cutcopy.net
Official MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/cutcopy
The electro-pop movement has taken over dance floors and IPods just about everywhere lately, and the Australian-based Cut Copy is treading right along with. The band’s eclectic mix of rock, disco and synthesizer melodies proves to be an exciting change for modern music, ironically enough by going back a few decades. With a sound reminiscent of 1980′s pop funk beats (but with significantly more edge) Copy’s sophomore album In Ghost Colours is engaging music fans across the globe.
The compilation kicks off with “Feel the Love”, a light, housey-sounding track with grittiness at its core. A few more upbeat songs follow (including the intense single “Lights and Music”) and eventually segue into “We Fight for Diamonds”, a 60-second track of unhurried instrumentals, allowing the listener to catch their breath. First it’s up, then it’s down. It’s fast, then slow… the album’s continually changing pace plays with the audiences’ expectations and emotions the entire way.
One of the best tracks on In Ghost Colours has to be “Midnight Runner”. It’s simple at first listen, but cleverly layered with a balance of soothing compositions and absorbing vocals. It relaxes you into desperately desiring a nap, but is interesting enough for you to retain consciousness to hear how the full two and a half minutes play out. “Hearts on Fire”, another single from the album, has the most dance floor potential. DJ’s everywhere will be glad to get their hands on this one, and I’m sure it won’t be long before Tiësto or Armin Van Buuren remix it into a musical legend.
Cut Copy’s frontman Dan Whitford, backed by band members Tim Hoey and Mitchell Scott, together produce a sound that’s at once mellow and dance-inducing. Overall the fifteen track album provides us with calming lyrics, pulsating beats and entrancing rhythms. A versatile mix of tracks, this album provides great stereo music for long road trips, candlelit baths, or even whilst prepping for a night out at the bar. With a seemingly endless amount of layers and complexities, In Ghost Colours‘ collaboration of different sounds is truly an exploration of what music has the potential to be.