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Zonoscope

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2011 release, the third album from the Australian Synthpopsters. This is Cut Copy boiled down to their purest form: a suite of futuristic visions built upon primal rhythm tracks. It is at once their most immediate work to date but also their most sonically exquisite. Zonoscope was dreamt in the comedown of In Ghost Colours, the album which cemented Cut Copy as a global sensation. Recorded over a six month period and mixed in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter), Zonoscope paints a mesmerizing picture, conjured by a band at the height of their powers.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Need You Now
  2. Take Me Over
  3. Where I'm Going
  4.  Pharaohs & Pyramids
  5. Blink And You Ll Miss A Revolution
  6.  Strange Nostalgia For The Future
  7.  This Is All We Ve Got
  8.  Alisa
  9. Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat
  10. Corner Of The Sky
  11. Sun God


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Modular/Interscope
  • ASIN: B004FJHC76
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andrew Vice on February 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Zonoscope is the kind of record to get your groove on to. It's the kind of record where the band says "screw the haters, we're gonna make the music we want to make." It risks alienating the fans that hopped on the Cut Copy train after P4k's review of In Ghost Colours, but it's a bold artistic statement and a clarion call to dance. Where In Ghost Colours was flowing, articulate tribute to 1980's new wave anthems, Zonoscope proves to be a record full of deep cuts, with only a few tracks near-meeting the immediacy of Ghost gems (Need You Now, Blink and You'll Miss A Revolution, Alisa.)

If you want to like LCD Soundsystem but find Murphy too drab/tryhard/longwinded, Zonoscope is a record for you. If you legitimately like Cut Copy, this is a record for you. If you want to hear music that sounds like the album's cover, this record is for you. You can blast this one from the tops of skyscrapers when the ice caps finally melt and flood the world, and the apocalypse will be alright.
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Cut Copy has slowly but surely worked its way up into the current wave of electronic dance bands, not unlike, say, LCD Soundsystem. The band's second album, 2008's "In Ghost Colours" (ok, 3rd if you count 2006's "Fabriclive.29" DJ mix album) was the great leap forward for the band. From being an interesting, if at time tentative, sound, the band now sounded fully confident, and at times massive. That album contained several instant classics, including a couple of borderline commercial breakthrough singles ("Lights and Music", "Hearts on Fire"). Now finally comes the long-awaited follow-up album.

"Zonoscope" (11 tracks; 61 min.) is not another "great leap forward", but instead a confirmation of all the good things we heard on "In Ghost Colours". The album starts off somewhat tentatively with "Need You Know", which is followed by a nice "Take Me Over" that reminds me somehow at times of another Australian band's (Men At Work) "Down Under" single. Could it be a subtle homage? The album now is firing on all cylinders. "Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution" is an irresistible dance-along, just perfect from start to finish with a strong melody that keeps going and going, and you just don't want the song to ever end, THE highlight of the album for me personally. A short instrumental after that ("Strange Nostalgia For the Future") ends the first half of the album. The second half kicks off with another great tune "This Is All We've Got". "Alisa" continues the good vibes. "Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat" is the only pensive tune on the album, just to catch your breath before the last 2 tunes, "Corner of the Sky", another dance-romp, which set us up for the album closer, the 15 min.
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By Jennifer Morrow on February 9, 2011
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I will let other reviewers get into the nitty gritty of certain tracks and comparisons with Cut Copy's previous works and just say this: if you want to listen to a fun, chair-dancing (or even club dancing) album, this album is for you. Not only do I think that Zonoscope fits nicely with their previous body of work but I can also see this being high on my list of 2011 and am looking forward to dancing my heart out when I see them in April.
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I remember sitting in a parking lot with my engine idling, absorbing the last bit's of my radiators warmth before mustering up the courage to open my car door and brave mother nature's elements. I had a local college radio station blasting, playing one outlandish and vague indie tune after another when this band pops on.

I was instantly put in another place, one far away from the New England blizzard where my car was idling. "Blink & You'll Miss A Revolution" was familiar in that old time feel though it commanded my attention; a sound which is fresh, unheard of before... Then the song was over....

The station DJ was a novice, he made no attempt to explain the names of any artist he played during his set break. In fact, he did not say much at all. My iphone "Shazam" app didn't want to cooperate either. The radio station had a web page but no listed phone number or e-mail address. Just a contact form, you know the type; the form which you never get a response from.

Through some miracle of fate and fortune, I eventually traced the song back to the artist because a few random lyrics popped into my head day's later. I love Google & I love this album!
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I wouldn't have known who Cut Copy was if I hadn't heard the opening bass beats of "Need You Now" at a coffee shop. At first, I thought I'd wandered into a New Order remix album, but I was thrilled to find out it just sounds LIKE a New Order remix album. Personally, one of my favorite trends as a 20-something fan of left-of-mainstream "rock" music is the reincorporation of all sorts of 80s cheesiness I secretly (or not so secretly) always loved. "Need You Now" deserves to be held up to the most gleefully produced new wave 80s classics, with its commanding beats and seizing melody. It made me so excited that I bought Zonoscope, an album that sometimes matches that song's beautiful, pounding drive, but most often dances around in its discarded clothes. Where "Need You Now" is vintage New Order, "Take Me Over" reminds me of OMD's "If You Leave," and "Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat" reminds me of Boy Meets Girl's "Waiting On A Star To Fall," neither of which I have that fond memories of, but at least takes the cheesiness of those two songs and makes them reasonable danceable. On the other hand, songs like "Where I'm Going" and "This Is All We've Got" don't even register with that much personality. Luckily, some good songs keep it afloat - "Alisa," with a guitar and chorus yell that vintage U2 fans will love, or "Corner Of The Sky," with an album's-best beat of dark drums. Finally, "Sun God," the 15-minute climax at album's end deserves credit simply for earning its running time - at 15 minutes, it never fails to remind you of the soaring production and pop hooks that make Cut Copy such an appealing band. Buy it for the good songs and, for a better time, if it's on your computer, delete a few in the middle.
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