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Album Review | DANCE

Cut Copy, ‘Free Your Mind’

An argument can, and has, been made that Melbourne, Australia, outfit Cut Copy was one of the more pivotal bridges between 2000s indie-rock and the ascent of electronic dance music from the underground. While 2004 debut “Bright Like Neon Love” was a first hesitant step, 2008’s near-perfect “In Ghost Colours” married the tunefulness of New Order to the euphoria of UK house. The follow-up, “Zonoscope,” meandered astray somewhat, but “Free Your Mind” finds Dan Whitford and company again lighting hearts, and dancefloors, on fire with a rapturous intertwining of psychotropic vocals and jubilant acid-house energy. At their best, the peaking (and re-peaking) tracks are persuasive enough that lyrics like “all is love” and “free your mind” begin to sound like well thought-out arguments. A few too many tone-shifting interludes slow down momentum, but “Free Your Mind,” “We Are Explorers,” and “In Memory Capsule” in particular are a welcoming embrace into a sea of moving bodies and blinking lights that extends as far as the eye can see. (Out Tuesday)

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