PiecesOfUsWere LeftOnTheGround, by JoyCut

June 1, 2014

On the mostly instrumental Pieces, JoyCut takes the sonic hallmarks of the 1980s New Wave era—from shimmering, echo-plastered guitars and propulsive picked bass to dysmorphic synthesizer pads—and reconfigures them in thrilling fashion. “Save” is a peak moment; its riffing spy-thriller guitar recalls Joy Division, while the pile-driver beat sounds like it was forged somewhere between a Manchester dance club and an abandoned steel mill. As for the stark title cut, it gallops along like a lost snippet from the Blade Runner soundtrack: