Cut Copy – Let Me Show You Love

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Instant Classic

In a world where revivalism comes and goes, it’s impressive that Cut Copy managed to retain forward-looking for almost a decade. It may sound as if it was ages ago, but back when Cut Copy released their 2004 debut Bright Like Neon Love, there weren’t many indie bands mixing rock with euphoric house grooves. That particular album may not been more than a set of neon-lit patches of different dance-styles – doing no more than its title and the band’s name justice, but what Cut Copy with 2008’s In Ghost Colours succeeded at was to  once again successfully bridge the gap between electro and rock. Their ingenious stadium-sized dance-rock has since then stirred a legion of copy cats, while they kept on the move, reinventing end evolving their sound even further. 2011’s Zonoscope wasn’t necessarily their best, but the one that holds-up the most. It was their first attempt at creating a proper album rather than a series of peaks, and tracks like “Need You Now” and “Sun God” became over time amongst their finest work. That Andrew Wheatherall remixed “Sun God” is in retrospect little surprising; somewhere along the way Cut Copy left their synth-pop roots and turned into a band of swirling psychedelic acid-pop, more in common with Screamadelica-era Primal Scream than New Order or Erasure.

On, “Let Me Show You Love” their latest single debuted on last month’s Pitchfork Music Festival by handing out 120 unique copies; they’ve further evolved the acid-house imprint hinted on Zonoscope. The result is a 6-minute epic of psychedelic tensions that lends from K-Klass 1993 acid-house single of the same name. In a way, the closest thing in recent memory to “Let Me Show You” is fellow Australians Jagwar Ma’s excellent “The Throw” that similarly succeeded at blending early 90’s electronics with pychedelia influenced rock. Only after a couple of spins, it’s getting clear that “Let Me Show You Love” is a marvelous success, raising any expectations for their upcoming fourth album. Only time will tell if Cut Copy can make it three in a row.

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