New Goldfrapp Single

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For any fans of Goldfrapp, here's a peek of the new single sleeve.... and after the gorgeous sleeves they've had in the past - how nasty is this one? Far too clever and ironic for its own good

I've heard the single once.... not too sold on it first time... anyone else here heard it?

russ t, Thursday, 27 February 2003 15:55 (twenty years ago) link

ooh I thought black cherry was the album title. am excited about this LP

j0e (j0e), Thursday, 27 February 2003 16:01 (twenty years ago) link

Shit - you're right, it is.... the single's called Train.... fuck - what a bad album sleeve, then!

russ t, Thursday, 27 February 2003 16:06 (twenty years ago) link

it looks like somebody's first attempt on b3ta. no woos or yays from me

j0e (j0e), Thursday, 27 February 2003 16:08 (twenty years ago) link

i dont think the sleeve is THAT bad - i've dabbled with deliberately bad Photoshop cut-around before, its quite a funny ironic technique

been trying to find 'Train' on slsk but no joy - wanna hear this almost as much as Broadcast's new one

stevem (blueski), Thursday, 27 February 2003 16:23 (twenty years ago) link

...there was a snippet of it on a Radio 1 website, but it's gone now. I'll keep searching, too....

russ t, Thursday, 27 February 2003 16:30 (twenty years ago) link

you can hear it on the Breezeblock from last Monday which is archived online on the radio 1 website

i kinda like it - its a grower i think, and its a love it or loathe it one too - it sounds quite different from what i've heard of them - i love Alison's voice...i'm still listening to the Tom Middleton mix of 'Utopia' all the time

stevem (blueski), Thursday, 27 February 2003 18:04 (twenty years ago) link

the album is ok. nowhere near as Jools Hollandy, coffee tabley, Mercury Music Prizey, Jo Whileyey as i expected.

Wyndham Earl, Thursday, 27 February 2003 18:14 (twenty years ago) link

how did you get the album? I have a friend at Mute and even THEY haven't been given any copies yet....?

russ t, Friday, 28 February 2003 10:25 (twenty years ago) link

I think the Black Cherry LP is fucking blinding. Been playing it all weekend - it sounds great on a dark, deserted motorway at 100mph. Volume up to 11, natch.

j0e (j0e), Sunday, 9 March 2003 22:12 (twenty years ago) link

I had the album last week.
It's crushingly disappointing.
Lumpen, ugly production and samey nondescript songs.
Shame - it should've been a brilliant record.

russ t, Monday, 10 March 2003 12:22 (twenty years ago) link

i trust both j0e's AND Russ' opinions on this new release

stevem (blueski), Monday, 10 March 2003 14:44 (twenty years ago) link

I just heard the album last night; it's certainly different than "Felt Mountain"; less haunting, more uptempo. I was kind of feverish when I heard it, so I'll have to play it again, but it sounded promising.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 10 March 2003 22:59 (twenty years ago) link

'Train' and 'Hairy Trees' are both bloody marvellous i have now decided after fresh listens - possibly the best tracks on the album but i've not heard it all yet, great stuff tho

stevem (blueski), Monday, 24 March 2003 17:49 (twenty years ago) link

As I'm saying on the "Order of Things", I'm nuts for the new Goldfrapp. And far from being coffee-tabley, the album is suprising in how it dares to be tackier, more abrasive, and more poppy than expected.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 24 March 2003 18:03 (twenty years ago) link

Album sleeve was done in a traditional (paper and glue) cut and paste manner by Alison. They hired the wolves to photograph, excepted only two and then a van load turned up. Ms Goldfrapp was so overwhelmed by all the barking/ smell/ rocking van that she burst into tears.

I like Black Cherries. It's a lot sexier than Felt Mountain. Quite elecro sounding. That said I don't think it's anything really special. I still prefer Felt Mountain.

Anna (Anna), Monday, 24 March 2003 18:36 (twenty years ago) link

i hope there's a video, its important! i still havent seen the video for 'Pilots' properly and i think i need to see Alison on screen more, ideally 'Train' would be a pastiche of the 'Lets Get Physical' video but i'm sure she's tired of the Olivia Neutron-Bomb thing already

stevem (blueski), Monday, 24 March 2003 19:22 (twenty years ago) link

The 'Human' video was amazing - quite pervy and voyeuristic (Alison playing the snooping chambermaid).
The Pilots video's just OK. She looks lovely in it, though.
I think there'll definitely be a video for 'Train' - I reckon it's going to be a pretty big single.

russ t, Tuesday, 25 March 2003 13:44 (twenty years ago) link

yeh it'll be 'in with a bullet' at number 44 in the charts - absolutely no airplay on daytime radio i suspect (maybe from Sara Cox and Jo Whiley if they're feeling sporty) which is a shame, i would like it if it was a hit but i guess it doesnt really matter. look forward to the video, i bet it will be directed by Dawn Shadforth tho they really need Gondry on the case here.

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 14:17 (twenty years ago) link

I rarely listen to the radio, but I've heard Train twice now. I think it could be the one to break them.
In more ways than one.

russ t, Tuesday, 25 March 2003 14:37 (twenty years ago) link

I prefer the Ewan Pearson remixes, you know...

JoB (JoB), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 16:05 (twenty years ago) link

I've already dreamed up a video for "Twist" that's been on pretty heavy rotation in my head for the last few days; the new album really is great.

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 16:08 (twenty years ago) link

Absolutely fantastic, it will be a massive hit. It's like Fischerspooner getting roughed up by Marianne Faithfull. When I heard it on the radio yesterday it was the first record this year I've stopped and waited to see who made it.

Previously I'd thought of them as a stopgap Portishead. They'd do, but only till the real thing came along. Now they've raised their game and the followers are now leaders.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 16:22 (twenty years ago) link

six years pass...

Oh, might as well revive this thread since:

It sounds exactly as you might guess it would sound based on that cover.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 January 2010 03:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Expect remixes from Richard X, Tiesto, Grum and Penguin Prison.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 January 2010 03:24 (thirteen years ago) link

It's a good song, but I'm sad to find Goldfrapp playing catch-up instead of leading the way. Ned sez "retroironicrediscovery"... sounds about right.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 22 January 2010 03:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Nice outfit but impractical civil engineering!

Radio Birdman Rally (King Boy Pato), Friday, 22 January 2010 03:52 (thirteen years ago) link

How dare you say that about the Jacksons:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 January 2010 04:00 (thirteen years ago) link

i expect this to sound like Alpinestars 'Jump Jet'

mdskltr (blueski), Friday, 22 January 2010 11:51 (thirteen years ago) link

I like it. I don't mind that it's behind the curve, as this particular sound (reminds me of Cosmos "Take Me With You" a bit, though not as amazing obv) doesn't really age for me.

Tim F, Friday, 22 January 2010 12:13 (thirteen years ago) link

The Man has got involved, can't find anywhere to listen to this.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Friday, 22 January 2010 13:22 (thirteen years ago) link

I think ur a probotector (cozen), Friday, 22 January 2010 13:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I like this! I'd describe it as 80s Menudo + Van Halen's "Jump". Love the cheap-sounding bass!

I've always thought Goldfrapp (although wonderful) aren't usually very good at doing "catchy" (that's why Supernature didn't work for me). Fortunately, this is definitely an exception. I'm also relieved they've ditched the "pastoral" thing TBH.

one boob is free with one (daavid), Friday, 22 January 2010 18:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm a big fan of their last album, I liked how they did the whole folksy psychedelic thing, but still managed to sound completely modern.

I wouldn't say that I dislike "Rocket", but I feel slightly disappointed that they are so slavishly reproducing the 80s vibe without bothering to update it or add anything new.

Moodles, Friday, 22 January 2010 19:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Still buying the new album though...

Moodles, Friday, 22 January 2010 19:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I still like the first album best, they're very good the wintery John Barry thing. Rocket's nice enough, maybe not so much that I'll acquire the album legally without sampling a few more tracks first.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Friday, 22 January 2010 20:02 (thirteen years ago) link

That's a stunning cover. If I had no idea who Goldfrapp was, I'd buy that album based on the cover alone.

van smack, Saturday, 23 January 2010 00:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Sounds like a Miami Horror remix of "One Day" by Juan MacLean etc which is a very good thing.

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 23 January 2010 01:23 (thirteen years ago) link

I mean, the "you're never coming back" is exactly "you'll realize that I'm the"...

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 23 January 2010 01:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm hoping (based on the album art etc.) that this is less just post-electroclash/Gaga-for-Guardian-readers/"lol 80s" and more specifically a kind of technicolour synth-disco affair, a diva-pop equiv to The Avalanches' "A Different Feeling".

"Jump" meets "Xanadu".

Tim F, Saturday, 23 January 2010 03:54 (thirteen years ago) link


Absolutely, I'm hoping that the Ewan Pearson Disco Odyssey remix of 'Ride a White Horse' is the template for this.

Bing Crosby, are you listening? (Billy Dods), Saturday, 23 January 2010 12:08 (thirteen years ago) link

So now "Believer" is out there, and it's even less interesting than "Rocket." I'm not giving up yet, because history proves some of the best Goldfrapp tracks are the deep cuts as opposed to the singles, but... ehhh.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:20 (thirteen years ago) link

whiney's twitter was marking this as album of the year yesterday btw

zvookster, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:28 (thirteen years ago) link

zvookster, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:30 (thirteen years ago) link

BOLD CLAM only 29 days into the year.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:31 (thirteen years ago) link

ok "so far" on jan 28

zvookster, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:32 (thirteen years ago) link

lol xp

zvookster, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Although, my favorite albums of the past few years have all come out (or leaked, at least) in Q1.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:35 (thirteen years ago) link

"moon in your mouth" is devastating

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:42 (six years ago) link

i'm just four tracks in and so far this seems like one of their best dance albums in a long time? Tigerman is dreamy.

KevRus, Friday, 31 March 2017 17:15 (six years ago) link

It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that I love this record.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 18:38 (six years ago) link

it bothers me that none of the reviews mention Tales of Us in their "it blends the X of Felt Mountain, the Y of Black Cherry and Supernature, the Z of Seventh Tree and the utter crap of Head First" roundups

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Friday, 31 March 2017 19:53 (six years ago) link

I think Tales Of Us is their best

boxedjoy, Friday, 31 March 2017 22:35 (six years ago) link

it absolutely is

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Friday, 31 March 2017 22:41 (six years ago) link

Supernature is.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 22:52 (six years ago) link

Right now my order would go

Black Cherry
Tales Of Us
Seventh Tree
Silver Eye/Felt Mountain
Head First

kitchen person, Saturday, 1 April 2017 02:14 (six years ago) link

I can't decide which my favourite is out of Felt Mountain, Black Cherry and Tales of Us.

chap, Saturday, 1 April 2017 11:31 (six years ago) link

Love it. Best elektrofrappenplatte to date.

Jeff W, Saturday, 1 April 2017 23:45 (six years ago) link

Felt Mountain is my favourite. "Deer Stop" is gorgeous.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Sunday, 2 April 2017 05:14 (six years ago) link

"Faux Suede Drifter" on the new one is stunning

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 3 April 2017 21:08 (six years ago) link

New one kinda harkens back to this feel at times

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 3 April 2017 22:44 (six years ago) link

I tyhi k the second half of this is better. The first half is more or less divided between stompers and chillers, whereas the songs on the second sound like they have a folk attitude compositionally, and an electro one in terms of arrangement.

chap, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 15:13 (six years ago) link

Second half of this is great, starting with the aforementioned amazing "Faux Suede Drifter".

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 6 April 2017 04:06 (six years ago) link

Really loving the whole thing. It is two halves like chap mentions, and I think "Become The One" and "Everything is Never Enough" are epic stompers on each respective side. "Ocean" is a powerful frazzled closer that perfectly wraps back around to "Anymore".

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 20:54 (six years ago) link

Strongly suggest finding a way to listen to this on a good set of headphones. Love how this sounds.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 10 April 2017 06:27 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Amazing song from the new album.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 8 May 2017 21:04 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Tickets just went on sale here for their Vancouver show. Anyone catching them on this tour? Last time I saw them was Black Cherry era and it was one of the best shows I've been to

Unchanging Window (Ross), Friday, 23 June 2017 17:24 (five years ago) link

Oooh! Imma check for Toronto tickets!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 23 June 2017 19:23 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

A handful of plays on, I feel the production and arrangements on Silver Eye are probably their best, but perhaps the songwriting isn't quite up to scratch? There seems to be a lack of gorgeous melodies and memorable hooks compared to earlier work. Still a rich, enjoyable listen, and I appreciate they were probably going for more of a textured ambient experience with this one, at least in the back half.

chap, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:01 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Seeing them tonight, anyone else catch this tour? Seems the setlist has been pretty static with the exception of "Black Cherry" (!!)

mostly supernature/silver eyes tracks on tour

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 22 September 2017 22:01 (five years ago) link

I still love Silver Eye, but perhaps not as much as Supernature, Black Cherry or Head First.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:59 (five years ago) link

Turrican, you would love this tour. Setlist was largely Supernature, and the band closed with an extended mix of "Strict Machine" (very similar to the We are Glitter mix). Nothing from Head First at this show though "Dreaming" and "Shiny and Warm" have been played on this tour.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:30 (five years ago) link

I think I may be the only person who thinks Seventh Tree is their best album.

Moodles, Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:34 (five years ago) link

i saw them open for New Order and it was pretty mesmerizing. and I had NO IDEA Alison Goldfrapp is 51 years old.

nomar, Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:35 (five years ago) link

Moodles, Seventh Tree is definitely one of my favourites, the inverse of Tales of Us and includes probably one of their best tracks, "Eat Yourself". No songs from Tree or Tales on this tour, the band's trajectory is mostly dancefloor elevation

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:40 (five years ago) link

I think I may be the only person who thinks Seventh Tree is their best album.

― Moodles, Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:34 PM (eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Nope. To me it's her best by far.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:43 (five years ago) link


Moodles, Saturday, 23 September 2017 20:44 (five years ago) link

I'm the only person who thinks Tales of Us is her best album so here we are all off in niches

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Sunday, 24 September 2017 01:54 (five years ago) link

Don't know about on here, but I know at least one person IRL who agrees with you.

Moodles, Sunday, 24 September 2017 03:09 (five years ago) link

Up thread there's some users who cite tales of us as favourite. It's mine as well over time

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 24 September 2017 04:00 (five years ago) link

Seventh Tree is underrated, even if it's not the side of Goldfrapp I prefer.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Sunday, 24 September 2017 05:38 (five years ago) link

I'm the only person who thinks Tales of Us is her best album so here we are all off in niches

― sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Sunday, 24 September 2017 01:54 (six hours ago) Permalink

Nope. One of my favourite albums full stop. Seeing her in Glasgow on Halloween and looking forward to a bigger dancier vibe tho

i know kore-eda (or something), Sunday, 24 September 2017 08:22 (five years ago) link

I’m liking the production on the last one but find it a bit lacking tune-wise

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 24 September 2017 11:40 (five years ago) link

The slower tracks on Silver Eye are quite similar to Goldfrapp bsides ("Bodo" w/ Pale 3 is akin to "Faux Suede Drifter" for example). Or they're an amalgamation of Black Cherry/Tales Of Us style, like on "Beast That Never Was". But yeah not so sure about the more upbeat ones, they're not as tuneful as anything on Supernature/Black Cherry.

On a side note, Goldfrapp are pure fire live, and very heavy (largely in part to their excellent bassist and 3 female keyboardists). They're quite different on record though.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 24 September 2017 17:48 (five years ago) link

Chalk me up also in the Tales Of Us best album camp, no question. Seems weird you can't buy the accompanying film as it's a lovely thing and even had a (limited) cinema release.

piscesx, Sunday, 24 September 2017 18:32 (five years ago) link

Also seems mad they never released their Medea music either

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:33 (five years ago) link

^ whoa, thanks for mentioning that - never heard that

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:35 (five years ago) link

I've enjoyed all their albums, but Black Cherry, Tales Of Us and Seventh Tree are their three masterpieces for me. I have a hard time picking between Tales Of Us and Seventh Tree.

kitchen person, Monday, 25 September 2017 01:38 (five years ago) link

would rank them similarly kitchen but felt mountain has to be included, especially for "Deer Stop"

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 25 September 2017 03:47 (five years ago) link

Supernature is their masterpiece, IMO. Excellent synthpop.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 25 September 2017 06:42 (five years ago) link

Number One and Ride a White Horse destroyed the crowd live, it's definitely the peak of their synthpop exrcusions

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 25 September 2017 06:50 (five years ago) link

also Supernature has the beguiling "Time Out from the World" and "Let It Take You"

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 25 September 2017 06:51 (five years ago) link

I just love the way the album sounds - it's really smooth and shiny. The artwork could not represent the contents any better!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 25 September 2017 20:24 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

ok this is hitting the spot this morning

ꙮ (map), Saturday, 13 May 2023 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

ꙮ (map), Saturday, 13 May 2023 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

Had no idea this was out! What happened to Will?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Saturday, 13 May 2023 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

bump, this is really good! not everything is amazing but there's some really great stuff on here. the grooves are huge, expensive ass digital plug ins making everything sound like glitter waterfalls. the songs are classy, occasionally brilliant, some a little forgettable. but a super friendly / inviting listen overall.

ꙮ (map), Thursday, 18 May 2023 17:23 (one week ago) link

I like this as much as black cherry and the other pop album (head on? Or whatever), maybe more TBH.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Saturday, 20 May 2023 06:18 (one week ago) link

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