Goldfrapp – in concert – 2017 6 Music Festival – BBC 6 Music – March 27, 2017 – BBC Radio –
Goldfrapp to start up the week – consisting of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, this electronica duo have covered just about all the bases from EDM to Trip-Hop and have been actively doing it since 1999.
Despite favorable reviews and a short-listing for the Mercury Prize, their 2000 début studio album Felt Mountain did not chart highly. Goldfrapp’s second album Black Cherry, which incorporated glam rock and synth-pop sounds into their music, was released in 2003. The album influenced the same dance-oriented sound of their third album Supernature. Supernature took Goldfrapp’s work further into dance music, and enjoyed international chart success. The album produced three number-one US dance singles, and was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 49th Grammy Awards.
All the band’s songs are composed jointly by Goldfrapp and Gregory, although they have collaborated with Nick Batt on several tracks. They have called their writing relationship a “democracy”, playing off one another while in the recording studio. While writing, Goldfrapp uses her vocals to create melodies and drumbeats. Gregory composes on vintage keyboards. The band believe that “music is a visual experience” and often visualize their songs before writing them.
The band’s sound has progressed from electronic in Felt Mountain, through synth-pop in Black Cherry to a more glam rock-influenced sound in Supernature, and to a blend of ambient, folk, and electronic sounds in Seventh Tree and a 1980s synth-pop influence in Head First. However, they have experimented with other genres of music, such as cabaret (“Cologne Cerrone Houdini”, “Human”, “Oompa Radar”), operatic pop (“Utopia” and “Pilots”), folktronica (“A&E”), and trip hop (“Little Bird” and “Lovely Head”).
Although Goldfrapp’s musical style has changed over time, they are considered to be an electronic music act. Goldfrapp has explored a range of musical styles in their songs, although many songs are characterised by Alison Goldfrapp’s distinctive breathy, soft soprano vocals and Will Gregory’s multi-layered synthesiser / string arrangements. Pitchfork described Goldfrapp’s voice as “a cross between Kylie Minogue and PJ Harvey, between Annie [Lennox] and Siouxsie Sioux, between Rachel Stevens and Beth Gibbons”.
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