The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Cut Copy Makes Good Time

Dec 20th, 2006 // 7 Comments

cutcop.jpgTime for yet another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we blow the dust off of a forgotten favorite and give its lack of chart success a once-over.

Artist: Cut Copy
Song: “Time Stands Still,” 2004
What happened: When Melbourne’s Cut Copy released Bright Like Neon Love, its 2004 debut album, the indie scene was already flooded with post-Postal Service electro-pop outfits; it was as if every new act was required to have three “bloops,” two “bleeps,” and one “blip” per song. So Bright Like got lost among the din, though the band did land an opening-act slot with Franz Ferdinand last year.
Why it should have been a hit: “Time Stands Still” is about as minimal as you can get: The drum machine and bassline are awfully quiet, and you could transcribe the lyrics using fewer than 20 words. But in this case, less is more, and “Time” remains one of the more hypnotizing dance tracks we’ve heard in the last few years.

Cut Copy – Time Stands Still [MP3, link expired]
Cut Copy [MySpace]

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  1. MJ

    Resident Cut Copy fangirl reporting for duty, sir!

    I was already railing against their publicist, asking myself how come they had mostly flown under the radar with such a remarkable and radio-friendly album. But now that you put it in context, it makes quite sense that some people would skip them because of overkill.

  2. Jeff Reguilon

    “Saturdays” was the real shoulda-been-a-hit on this album. That song still wrecks me.

  3. Brian Raftery

    Never let it be said that we don’t take requests.

  4. Clare

    “Glittering Clouds” is a gorgeous track too. GawkerMediaWhore and I were incredibly disappointed that we missed Cut Copy when we saw Franz Ferdinand last year.

  5. DavidWatts

    Saw them at the DFA showcase at CMJ ’05. Kept getting them mixed up with Hot Chip, whom they played right before. On the silly indulgences front, Cut Copy’s extended Daft Punk sample way beat Hot Chip’s synchronized guitar swaying.

  6. MJ

    Wow, I have to get my hands on that!

  7. James Jung

    Great track. Thanks for posting. Cut Copy also released and excellent Fabric mix this year:
    http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews.php?uid=D256DF8DCA85101D5836F

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