Structurally, the first song of an album is the most important. Much in the way "La Femme d'Argent" set the tone for Air's 1998 release, Moon Safari, as an experimental, dreamy disco-pop sonic adventure, "Need You Now," the first track on Cut Copy's newest release Zonoscope, let's you know exactly what to expect over the course of the 11 track album. Part space disco, part 80's synth-pop, the track has a rolling bass line straight from U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," and the steady, yet ferocious, percussive rhythm from LCD Soundsystem's "Get Innocuous!"
I have to say that I liked this song much better than the first pre-release single, "Where I'm Going." Dan Whitford's vocals, reminiscent of Robert Smith's, build steadily until the last third of the song, when it breaks away into a very 80's guitar synth solo, that I am very excited to see live.
Zonoscope is out now, and available to download here.
*Photo courtesy of Modular Records.