Though many might have been distracted by the tornado of Arcade Fire news last night (which is perfectly understandable), there was some other great news from another great band: Australian synth-pop gods Cut Copy announced their fourth album, Free Your Mind. Now, album No. 4 might normally be when a synth-pop group starts to sound a little long in the the tooth, but upon hearing the title track from the new one, Cut Copy sound absolutely vital. Though the opening sample sounds almost like a homage to their Australian forefathers, the Avalanches, “Free Your Mind” is total Screamadelica-style bliss. From the soul samples to the bongos and cheers of “shine on,” and, of course “free your mind,” this is an absolute psychedelic banger. It might not surprise you to learn that the record was mixed by Dave Fridmann, who in addition to working with Tame Impala (who pretty much took the mantle from Cut Copy last year for biggest current indie band from Australia) produced the new album by MGMT. Maybe it’s just me, but this seems a little unexpected from the band, but nonetheless extremely promising. Listen below.
Free Your Mind is out 11/1 on Modular.