You only have to spend about 20 seconds listening to Cut Copy’s latest album to absorb what message they’re trying to send. You could even save that 20 seconds by taking a glance at the album cover; the haziness of the retro-coloured Free Your Mind squashes 50 minutes of blissful electro pop into three words.
Free Your Mind is the quartet’s fourth album since their formation in 2001. “That’s pretty much a career,” the band noted in a radio interview last week.
However this is by no means a victory lap – more of a jog in hindsight of a sprinting-start fuelled by their much-celebrated previous albums In Ghost Colours and Zonoscope.
The album was a product of adding layers to create a thick and wholesome synthpop experience under the watchful eye of producer Dave Fridmann.
Although first impressions may give birth to notions of monotonous and lifeless electro pop, there is plenty of lyrical and instrumental depth to enchant the listener through the swirls and dives of multiple listens.
With nods to UK acid house and late 80s Summer of Love phases, Free Your Mind just rides on the right side between disposable pop and memorable dance-rock.
Arriving in time for the summer festivals, Free Your Mind may not have a long shelf life, but you’ll definitely have enough catchy choruses spinning around in your head to last you until next winter.
Listen to ‘Take Me Higher’ from Free Your Mind here: