Cut Copy announce sixth studio album ‘Freeze, Melt’
& share new single ‘Cold Water’
Out now on The Orchard
Melbourne electronic music royalty Cut Copy share their new single, ‘Cold Water’. Arriving alongside the track is the much-anticipated announcement of the four-piece’s sixth studio album ‘Freeze, Melt’, dropping on 21st August.
As one of Australia’s most successful exports, with a career spanning nineteen years, five acclaimed albums and countless anthems, Cut Copy’s return with ‘Love Is All I Share’ was a much-needed reminder for our common need for connection in isolation. ‘Cold Water’ retains a fond danceability only Cut Copy can replicate between fans. Every part visceral, as implied, frontman Dan Whitford’s voice lifts and carries on top of stoic chiming machine melodies that lap and flow, echoing, “All I need is you”. A kicking beat taps through, as a rich ambience endures across the five-minute piece of elation that speaks to love in a climate of uncertainty.
Dan Whitford on the track: “After extensive touring on our last album, ‘Cold Water’ was one of the first new songs to appear. I’d moved to Copenhagen and had been listening to a lot more ambient and instrumental electronic music and as a result ‘Cold Water’ felt quite different to songs we’d made in the past. It was less dance, but more atmospheric. Also the subject matter explores love in today’s context, where the climate and fate of the planet are becoming increasingly uncertain. Once we’d finished it, it felt like we’d placed a marker in the ground, guiding us in a new musical direction.”
The single is the second to drop from Cut Copy’s forthcoming album, ‘Freeze, Melt,’ which will be released on 21st August, nineteen years into their prolific career. The body of work showcases an expansion while maintaining a legacy unmatched in Australian music since their inception. Written during an especially cold Scandinavian winter when Whitford decamped to Copenhagen, the collection takes an evocative turn, finding slowed meaning and influence from the emotional manipulations that feed into their work but have never taken centre stage, ultimately shaping a headier journey inward while lyrically exploring love in strange times. After returning to Australia and being joined by his band-mates at Melbourne’s Park Orchard Studios to enhance and complete the recording, the record’s sense of place was further enhanced by the mixing contribution of Swedish legend Christoffer Berg (Robyn, The Knife), finishing the record in Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg. The result is a treat for the mind as well as the body.
The new single emerges with a special ethereal ambiance to the electronic lo-fi instrumentation. The lyrics lift the ensemble with the heightened vocals and the delicate layering of looping hurtling towards a faster pace and more effects.
Born from a bedroom recording project by Whitford, and expanding to a full-fledged band with guitarist Tim Hoey, drummer Mitchell Scott, and bass player Ben Browning, Cut Copy’s output has stood the test of time. Their unique sound and unencumbered taste has earned praise locally and globally, remixing numerous singles, performing on the likes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and picking up nominations for several awards. 2008’s In Ghost Colours, featuring modern classics ‘Lights & Music’ and ‘Hearts on Fire’, received nominations for the ARIA Awards’ Best Dance/Electronic Album and Album of the Year at the J Awards, while 2011’s ARIA chart-topper ‘Zonoscope’ was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the Grammy Awards.
A hugely successful global live band – Cut Copy sold out an underplay at London’s Somerset House last year – the group’s revised touring plans will follow soon. Despite three years away, ‘Cold Water’ is a suitably refreshing reminder of a group whose importance is beyond doubt.