|Produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian), Haiku From Zero is Cut Copy’s first proper studio album in nearly four years and first for Astralwerks. It is the follow-up to 2013’s Free Your Mind.
Cut Copy worked on the album between 2014 and 2016. Due to the band members' dispersion to distant locations (Dan in Europe, Tim and Ben in the United States, and Mitchell in Australia). they worked on it mostly remotely, using online file sharing to exchange ideas. They would eventually get together in 2015 to record the new material in a studio in Atlanta, Georgia. The band was joined by Ben H. Allen, with whom they had already worked on Zonoscope, and who would end up as the producer of the album this time around. Dan Whitford said: "This is the first time we've gone into a recording studio and followed a traditional recording process in making an album”.
As opposed to every previous Cut Copy album, interludes between songs are absent on Haiku from Zero.