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Freeze, Melt

    As you could possibly guess from the title, 'Freeze, Melt' is a more restrained affair than recent Cut Copy releases. You could never accuse the Melbourne outfit of resting on their stylistic laurels, covering New Order-esque melancholic pop, hazy summer synth jams, filtered funk, acid house and stadium bangers across their five previous long players. After relocating to Copenhagen, removed from his studio, safe space and record collection, Dan Whitford took inspiration from the minimalism and cool of his Scandinavian surroundings, as well as the immersive sparsity of Four Tet, Floating Points and Terry Riley. Despite this detour into the ambient realm, this remains a Cut Copy LP, so there are still hooks, grooves and playful motifs shimmering amid the restraint - the 'Melt' to the 'Freeze' I guess.

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    says: Freeze, Melt is every bit the Cut Copy LP you'd expect, with huge synths and melodic vocals leading the way through a perfectly sequenced set of downbeat percussives, huge melodies and soulful grooves.

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    Zonoscope - Limited CD/DVD Edition

      "Zonoscope" was dreamt up in the comedown of "In Ghost Colours", the album which cemented Cut Copy as a global sensation. After over two years of exhilarating touring chaos, frontman Dan Whitford bunkered down at home to flesh out rough synth and vocal skeletons, before heading into the studio with the band to bring these textured grooves to life.

      Rather than fighting the strictures of conventional studios, the band produced the album on their own terms in a warehouse located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Minds ran wild with a free approach to experimentation during elastic sessions held in a space littered with piles of vintage studio equipment and instruments. Cheaply decking out the makeshift playground with drum enclosures built from pyramids of op-shop mattresses, the surroundings facilitated a full-length of uncompromised high fidelity. After spending months in this low pressure environment, they were able to fully realize their aural utopia of organic psychedelia intersecting with repetitive robotics.

      A melting pot of ideas streaming from a collective of music fanatics, the album embraces new combinations that span a rhythm section on motorik overdrive ("Alisa"), the reincarnation of Chicago’s raw house pioneers producing EBM deep in the wilderness ("Turn From Stone" and "Blink & You’ll Miss A Revolution") and the epic 15 minute closing minimal disco mantra "Sun God". Seamlessly bridged together by a series of ambient hallucinatory miniatures, the percussion drenched celebrations are lively awakenings. The band then mixed the record in Atlanta, working with Ben Allen (producer for Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley etc).

      In their own space and time, these audio architects have designed a stimulating world where nature and machines harmonize; a paradise for escapists to loose themselves in eternal euphoria. "Zonoscope" is Cut Copy boiled down to their purest form.

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      CD/DVD Info: Bonus DVD: Artificial Interpreter (the making of "Zonoscope"). Includes bonus remixes CD featuring reworks by Thee Loving Hand, Mylo, Midnight Magic and Flight Facilities. While stocks last!


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