CUT COPY’S NEW ALBUM,
HAIKU FROM ZERO, SET FOR SEPTEMBER 22 RELEASE ON ASTRALWERKS
Album Pre-Order Launches Today
Cut Copy Announces Fall North American Headline Tour
Stream New Single, “Standing In The Middle Of The Field,” HERE
Haiku From Zero, Cut Copy’s first proper studio album in nearly four years and first for Astralwerks – will be released on September 22. Today, the band unveiled the second single from the album, “Standing in the Middle of the Field.” Amid a backdrop of loping kalimbas, cowbells and bubbly synths, lead singer Dan Whitford’s plaintive voice offers some emotional advice: “You gotta give up the things you love to make it better.” The song announces a theme that percolates throughout Haiku From Zero– the need to cut through the noise, a desire to focus. Listen to “Standing in the Middle of the Field” HERE.
“So much of this album is about this mosaic of information, images that we’re surrounded by on a day-to-day basis,” says Dan Whitford. “Sometimes it feels like overload, but there’s a weird random beauty in it. The idea of squeezing poetry from chaos was where the title of the album came from – the idea of finding something poetic in the overload.”
Haiku From Zero is available for pre-order in digital, CD and LP format HERE. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive the first single, “Airborne,” plus “Standing in the Middle of the Field.” See below for the complete track listing. A 7″ of “Standing in the Middle of the Field” featuring an exclusive b-side will be available to those who pre-order the vinyl edition of Haiku From Zero at select U.S. record stores. The list of participating stores will be announced shortly.
In addition, today Cut Copy have announced a North American headline tour, which will kick off on November 9 at The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, CA. The run will include a November 11 concert at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles and a November 24 show at Terminal 5 in New York City. See below for itinerary. A fan pre-sale for the Cut Copy mailing list begins today at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, August 11, at 10 AM local time at http://cutcopy.net/tour/. Cut Copy will also perform at several U.S. festivals this fall, including Luna Lights, CRSSD and Austin City Limits.
Written and recorded at studios around the world (Melbourne, Copenhagen, Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta), the nine tracks on Haiku From Zero nonetheless present a united sonic front, due in no small part to the guiding ear of producer Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian). Songs like “Counting Down” and “Living Upside Down” offer glimpses of beauty in a state of disco-fueled flux.
“Airborne” met with widespread critical acclaim upon its release last month. Noisey said, “It is classy as shit, and it’s definitely a ‘match your steps to the tempo of the song as you walk down the street’ kind of jam.” Stereogum hailed it as “a disco-pop odyssey that sounds like, well, soaring through the sky, before eventually blasting off into psychedelic bliss.” Consequence of Sound praised the accompanying video, directed by Gerson Aguerri (The Vaccines, Breakbot) of the Barcelona-based production company CANADA, as “magical.” Paste Magazine found it “wildly imaginative” and noted, “[it] follows frontman Dan Whitford as a trek for a late-night munch leads him down a surreal rabbit-hole filled with otherworldly characters and bizarre street views.” View the official video for “Airborne” HERE.
Initially a bedroom recording project by Whitford, Cut Copy evolved into a full-fledged band with guitarist Tim Hoey, drummer Mitchell Scott, and bass player Ben Browning. The quartet’s studio albums include In Ghost Colours, which Pitchfork named as one of the best albums of 2008 and among the top albums of the 2000s, and2011’s Zonoscope, which won two ARIA Awards and was nominated for a GRAMMY.
The band’s songs have been licensed for use in television, games and commercials, including Chevrolet, Netflix, Amazon and Levi’s® #LiveinLevis campaign. DJing and mixes have also been a big part of Cut Copy’s identity – from the band’s famed Fabric mix, Fabriclive.29, to the 2014 Melbourne dance compilation, Oceans Apart. In addition to headlining massive sold-out shows, the band has gained prime slots at prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Ultra and Lollapalooza in the U.S.; Primavera in Spain, Pitchfork in Paris; Summer Sonic in Japan; and Big Day Out in Australia.
Cut Copy – Tim Hoey, Mitchell Scott, Dan Whitford, Ben Browning Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine
Track Listing – Haiku From Zero
Download Hi-Res Album Art Here
Cut Copy – Fall North American Tour Dates
(Newly added dates in bold)
9/30 – Darlington, MD @ Luna Lights Festival
10/1 – San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Festival
10/3 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/5 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Jones Assembly
10/7 – Austin, TX @ Zilker Park – Austin City Limits
11/9 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
11/12 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
11/15 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/18 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
11/21 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/22 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
11/24 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/26 – Boston, MA @ Royale
11/30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
12/1 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
12/2 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/3 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
12/5 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
12/6 – Miami, FL @ North Beach Bandshell