All-Star Lineup Floods Dance Floors
Cope TM, Brighton DJ Adam Freelandâ€šÃ„Ã´s first studio release in six years, demonstrates what he has learned in that time. With all-star artists like Devo’s Jerry Casale, The Pixies’ Joey Santiago, Twiggy Ramirez who has worked with Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, and Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, Freeland brilliantly combines the rock and electronic genres.One of the best songs on the album, “Do You” opens with a melodic synth distortion followed by live drums courtesy of Tommy Lee and Kurt Baumann on vocals asking “Do you- Do you think you could stay?” Bass-drenched synth lines are present throughout the album, most evidently on “Strange Things” which is done in Freeland’s self described, “E-drone” style where reverberating bass echoes in and out generating a highly danceable melody. The song “Bring It” is a rawer song then the rest on the album, with a gritty feel that seems almost industrial. The use of distortion on Cope TM can be overwhelming and this album is not for listeners seeking clean, crisp sound. Freeland is also skilled with downtempo tunes like “Silent Speaking” and “Wish I Was Here” which compliment Cope TM‘s otherwise fast tempo. Freeland remarks of this album that, “This is what Led Zeppelin would have sounded like if they had played electronic music.”
Providing inspired and original synth play, Freeland and friends create a collaboration that blends rock and electronic music into an exquisite product. Cope TM delivers harmonious, dance floor saturating tunes that fail to disappoint. Freeland has developed a distinctively bold style here that electronic fans will enjoy.