Cut Copy have finished work on their new album, the follow-up to 2008’s In Ghost Colours.
According to a post on the band’s MySpace blog, recording is complete and only mixing (with Ben Allen – Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) remains. They also posted the first episode of a short documentary on the making of the record:
Frontman Dan Whitford recently told Pitchfork how the creative process for the new album differed to that for In Ghost Colours, and gave some indication of what results to expect:
“There’s more of a repetitive, hypnotic, rhythmic aspect to a lot of the tracks…I was obsessed with Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk while working on this record – a lot of the Lindsey Buckingham tracks have a proto-80s African feel. Also Talking Heads, Slave to the Rhythm by Grace Jones, and Malcolm McLaren’s Duck Rock album. And a lot of acid house era, post-rave indie music like Happy Mondays and Primal Scream.
“[…] We had this idea of getting a choir and some strings to add an extra dimension to some songs. I listen to a lot of David Bowie and I really love his Young Americans record where got all these soul singers to do backing vocals. If we’re talking Bowie albums, the production and general sound of this new record is probably closer to Low or “Heroes”, but Young Americans was my reference for the vocal sound in particular.
What about the invitation that the band receive to support Lady Gaga on tour?
“It was one of those weird moments where you’re not sure whether to burn the letter or frame it and put it on your wall,” says Whitford. “We were simultaneously repulsed but also tantalized by the idea of touring with her for a whole year. It is funny how you can write off some huge, ultra-popular musician, but if you find out they actually like your music, you’re like, ‘Oh, well maybe they’re all right!’ To be honest, I don’t listen to the radio at all. I get a lot of stuff online and the rest is all old records. I don’t really know her music that well.
“[…] We’ve been asked to do big tours before and never really found anything we would want to do. We’re more focused on our own music and our own fan base. But yeah, if I were in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel it would’ve been interesting to go on tour with Lady Gaga and see how that affected my career and life. I don’t think we ever seriously thought we’d do it, though.”
Cut Copy’s as yet untitled new album is due out in January 2011.