Picking up where the epic closing track of 2011's Zonoscope left off, Cut Copy plunge deeper into psychedelic disco and house music on their fourth album.
On each successive record, the Melbourne-based pop group's sound has been less guitar-focused. Instead, the noises that leap out of Free Your Mind's densely layered productions are the Manchester house-inspired piano riffs and ravey vocal samples swirling around singer/producer Dan Whitford's exuberant melodies. The album culminates in the gospel comedown Walking In The Sky, making the whole thing impossible not to compare with Primal Scream's influential Screamadelica.
Sounding more optimistic than ever, Whitford is at once noninvasive and overwhelming; his melodies are strong and uplifting, but his airy delivery dissolves into distortion, cosmic beats and ambient nature noises until he becomes part of the hedonistic soundscape.
To that end, Free Your Mind is ego-free party music that will fit comfortably onto a variety of dance floors.
Top track: In Memory Capsule
Cut Copy play the Danforth Music Hall November 15.