Due for release on 4th November in the UK and Europe through Modular Records, 'Free Your Mind'creates a fantasy of the next youth revolution. While the two summers of love were birthed from burdening times, Vietnam and 10 years of Thatcher's reign, they were one hell of a party. 'Free Your Mind' binds the two epochs without the negative correlation. As frontman Dan Whitford explains, "The concept of freedom is one that's universally positive and timeless, and whatever each person's version of that freedom is, it's a good thing to be reminding ourselves to be free."
Having discovered a portal to the UK acid house movement through Melbourne's booming subterranean dance community, the quartet interacted on the dancefloor without uttering a word, jointly reaching a higher state, feeling involved in a secret society and ultimately becoming one with the music. A sanctuary that was seemingly only a few degrees away from a bygone era when warehouse locations were revealed by hotlines, pirate FM radio and baggy uniform.
The embryonic stage of 'Free Your Mind' saw frontman Dan Whitford take a new approach to songwriting, roughly sketching a song per day for a 4 month period before presenting the fruits to the band and realizing their full potential together. While the album's themes are at the foreground of the completed work, it was never intended as a concept record; rather ideas buried deep beneath the mind's eye, unlocked by the collective consciousness of Whitford, Tim Hoey, Ben Browning and Mitchell Scott.
Recorded in various locations in close proximity to Melbourne's finest coffee houses, the album was largely an in-house affair before the band enlisted the sonic ear of Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Mercury Rev) for mixing duties. Given the psychedelic nature of dance records, Fridmann seemed like the perfect match. Pilgrimaging out to his secluded base in upstate New York, both parties formed an immediate connection.
'Free Your Mind' was originally unveiled using a proximity billboard campaign. Billboards around 6 locations in the world (California Desert, Detroit, Chile, Mexico City, Australia and Gwent) 'released' the track to fans that approached them, accessed the Cut Copy website on their phones, and on registering their gps, enabled those fans to stream the track and share with friends on their socials. Every visitor to the website could click on other visitors to hear what they heard too.
Free Your Mind
We Are Explorers
Let Me Show You Love
(into the desert)
In Memory Capsule
(above the city)
Dark Corners & Mountain Tops
Meet Me In A House Of Love
Take Me Higher
Walking In The Sky