So, I’m going to see Cut Copy tomorrow evening at Stubb’s. The road to this show has been very long and arduous. I bought tickets to see them and The Presets the day after this last Austin City Limits festival. Needless to say, after 3 very long (and amazing) music, Lone Star, and dust-filled days in the 110 degree sun, I was down for the count when Monday came along. More specifically, I had a dear friend drive me to the UHS. Not fun. But, I digress…
“In Ghost Colours” is hands down, my favorite album of 2008. There’s nothing that I could say about it that hasn’t already been said by every music writer, publication, blog, etc…It is the definitive representation of music (and culture) in 2008, beautifully blending rock and New Wave electronic beats in a way that doesn’t feel sterile or soulless. With the album, they managed to nail what basically every band of the last year has attempted, and spectacularly failed. It is unabashedly referential of the 80’s New Wave synth sound ala New Order, Depeche Mode, etc…yet manages to still sound extraordinarily fresh and original. The opener, “Feel the Love” is unapologetically naive, poppy and disarming. It’s the kiss of death and you’re hooked.
We have a very intimate relationship. It’s been there for me through incredible highs and occasional lows. My go-to album of the last year and the undeniable soundtrack to my life in 2008, if you will.
I absolutely love, and simultaneously hate, how albums can bring you right back to a place in your life. I know that when I’m 80 years old, I’ll be able to listen to “In Ghost Colours” and remember how I felt as a 24 year old just having moved to Austin. All the pent up anxiety, hopefulness, passion and lingering doubt will come flooding back to me with the simple click of a finger. Hazy memories of languid, unbearably hot summer days spent at Barton Springs, sweating it out on the shores of Town Lake with the faint smell of bat dung (you have to live in Austin to get it…), the torturous drive up I-35 to Seiko every morning and the giddy exhuberance I felt going to more shows than I’d ever been to in my life within the span of a month. Whether good or bad, I treasure those memories. Just like TV on the Radio and Camera Obscura brings me back to Miami in 2007, Cut Copy encapsulates my introduction to Austin. So, thanks Cut Copy.
And, no, this isn’t them…But I adore this video and wish I’d made it because “RAD” is the best.