Cut Copy, "Zonoscope"

On its third album, "Zonoscope," Aussie four-piece Cut Copy continues the time-traveling journey from the disco-rific body rock of its 2004 debut to more neatly executed, undeniably '80s smart-pop. The album covers the decade's extremes, from the darkly dreamy (check the bottle xylophone and Dan Whitford's dusky baritone on opener "Need You Now") to the buoyant and cheeky (first single "Take Me Over" sounds like a completely in-earnest Men at Work tribute) and epic dancefloor synaesthesia ("Corner of the Sky"). Whitford's got that perfect Robert Smith combination of strain, whine and croon, and he'll whip out the falsetto when the melody calls for it (see the sweet and small "Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat"). Overall, "Zonoscope" has an ease and effortlessness to it-a lack of affectation that eludes other young bands on the festival touring circuit. Cut Copy thrives when the ingredients are simple: melody, voice and its influences interpreted.

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