Time 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]