CUT COPY Share New Single “Standing In The Middle Of The Field”
Announce Forthcoming Album Haiku From Zero Out September 22 Via EMI/Astralerks
Haiku From Zero – Cut Copy’s first studio album in nearly four years and first for EMI/Astralwerks – will be released on September 22. Today, the band unveil 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.
“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.”
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).
Fans who pre-order Haiku From Zero will instantly receive the first single, “Airborne”, plus today’s release “Standing in the Middle of the Field”. 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 selected record stores, with participating stores to be announced in the coming weeks.
“Airborne” was 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.”
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, and 2011’s Zonoscope, which won two ARIA Awards and was nominated for a GRAMMY.
It’s been an incredible year welcoming back Cut Copy. Following two stunning singles, a new label, two sold out shows in Sydney & Melbourne and a stand-out Splendour In The Grass performance – the world eagerly awaits to hear Haiku From Zero. “Standing In the Middle of the Field” is a perfect offering to tie us over until its September 22 release.
Haiku From Zero Tracklist
1. Standing in the Middle of the Field
2. Counting Down
3. Black Rainbows
4. Stars Last Me a Lifetime
6. No Fixed Destination
7. Memories We Share
8. Living Upside Down
9. Tied to the Weather
HAIKU FROM ZERO IS OUT SEPTEMBER 22 VIA EMI/ASTRALWERKS
AMNPLIFY – BA