Cut/Copy – In Ghost Colours

4 Sep

Everyone loves to party. I’m pretty sure it’s something integral to our human existence. We are coded to enjoy fun, naturally. Unfortunately, however, the most common way to party is to be in a room filled to the brim with other partiers while you drink alcohol to the point of memory loss and listen to dirty dub step wobbles. Seriously, does no one else see this as the mass production form of partying? I mean businesses and certain social organizations love the money, but cannot everyone else see that they are just being manipulated hardcore? What is a club if it’s not exclusive? The late 00’s and the early 10’s will surely be an interesting time period to study in the future (read dirty dubstep wobbles).

But I’m ranting now. I meant this to be a cute bit about how certain people like to party in their own unique ways and how it usually turns out much better than the generic brand of partying. Just going out into the night and finding your own fun place to hang out. And if you get lonely there invite friends. That’s what exclusivity means. That’s usually how most great things come about. I mean, the term, “thinking outside of the box,” itself sounds like it originated from some sort of freestyle fun.

Today I bring you a form of non-mainstream dance music. Cut Copy is an Australian synth-pop group brimming with 80’s nostalgia and 90’s sounds. Their 2008 debut album In Ghost Colours is full of upbeat party happiness and amazingly trippy transitions. I’m bringing you a single from the album and a personal favorite.

The single Hearts on Fire is borderline house dance music. The builds and drops it contains definitely make it eligible for the title, but in reality it goes so much further. The bass line and the drums make you realize that this isn’t just the usual computer made dance music, but rather a band making you rock out.

The vocals are simple and repetitive yet highly effective in light of the dance context. The sounds they used carved an entirely new route for this type of synth pop, pretty much making it viable to listen to. The brass solo and guitar solos are thrown in at perfect moments. The entire piece flows like a concrete song yet feels like it should go on forever as you party.

Just the name alone of this song, Nobody Lost, Nobody Found, speaks to most situations involving going out to party. One of the tripper songs and therefore pertaining to my interests the most, it opens with a sort of descent from space. The guitar line is quick and reminiscent of some sort of techno. The bass line is borderline funk, but just lazy enough to carry this chilled out dance song.

This is the song that would be playing at 5 in the morning as the sun is beginning to rise and yet the party is still going. The bird noises at the end play perfectly into this, and they then cut them out and drop the beat again signifying that the party never ends.

This entire album is pretty much like these two songs, but has enough variety to make each and every single song stand out on it’s own. The next time you are at a party and are bored of the dubstep, try requesting Cut/copy. I guarantee that everyone, especially the girls, will enjoy the break from the nonstop wobbles. I mean parties are supposed to be wild and random, not the same thing over and over again.

Cut copy recently came out with a new album, Zonoscope. I haven’t had the time to fully process it yet, but every time I listen to it I like it more and more. Go out and listen to some Cut/Copy and party alternatively.


P.S. The internet is one big party.


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