Cut Copy at Ultra Music Festival March 26
Influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Chicago house music, Animal Collective, and copious amounts of peppermint tea, Cut Copy — made up of Dan Whitford, Tim Hoey, Mitchell Scott, and Ben Browning — began as Whitford's solo DJ project in 2001. It then emerged on the scene as a performance trio with 2004's Bright Like Neon Love, and Browning joined following 2008's In Ghost Color.
The group's third full-length, Zonoscope, delivers blissed-out clubbing sounds, reverberant bustle, and postindustrial introspection while in no way neglecting the band's more entrancing, indie-pop tendencies. The quartet invested in analog synths to augment live-digital hybrid percussion and sparkly whorls of treble, using both a vintage Roland Space Echo and the whole of its tennis court-size recording space to capture a dreamy psychedelic palette. And it used blankets, old mattresses, and other odds and ends to create a recording room like "a kid's playhouse," where the group ensconced for six months to harbor "a deliberate conceptual focus to sort of see what rhythm would mean to a song rather than following chords or melodies," Browning says.
The result is a soulful sequence of festival-friendly songs that build tension and deliver climax. A confluence of everything Cut Copy does well, with an even more celebratory, nuanced aesthetic, Zonoscope delivers not only as an album but also as an experience.
As part of Ultra Music Festival, with a performance Saturday, March 26. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Gates open at noon Saturday. Tickets are sold out; ultramusicfestival.com.
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