It may feel like spring in New York, but Alison Goldfrapp is in an autumnal mood in the new video for “A&E,” from Seventh Tree, their new album out next month. The song’s a bit Frou Frou at first, but it’s a grower. (Via Quiddity.)
Ooh la la! “A sensual counterpoint to the glitterball glamour of [previous LP] Supernature, Seventh Tree is gilded in the butterfly colours of an English surrealism shared from Lear to Lennon. It shimmers and shines with the warmth of a hazy summer, an electric whirlpool over which Alison’s glistening voice soars.” By way of Megg at Quiddity, Goldfrapp are currently working on a new LP, Seventh Tree, which will come to flower on Feb. 26, 2008. Count me in.
“This‘ll be the last time (I think I said that last time.)” As DYFL, Lots of Co, and Quiddity have all pointed out, this week’s free download at iTunes is the quintessentially catchy “Ooh La La” by Goldfrapp. Get it while you can. And, while the Depeche Mode setlists have been relatively static this tour, as per the norm, Martin Gore unearthed an old chestnut from 1982′s A Broken Frame (right-click to save) last night for their third night in Paris. Booyah! Hopefully, this’ll be part of the main set when they swing back stateside this spring.
As a nightcap to Kong (who, as it turns out, was sitting outside the venue) yesterday evening, I caught Goldfrapp for their only US performance (although they’re rumored to be touring here in 2006) at the surprisingly spacious new Nokia Theatre in Times Square (it used to be a mega-sized theater…I saw Titanic there back in the day.) All in all, an excellent show — Allison’s voice sounded studio-perfect and their sultry electrobeat bounce really filled the room:
The (Supernature-heavy) Setlist: Train / Tiptoe / Koko / Slide In / Number 1 / U Never Know / Lovely Head / Fly Me Away / Satin Chic / Beautiful / Ride A White Horse (a particular highlight) / Ooh La La
Encore: Strict Machine / Black Cherry
The stage show (if you don’t count the Jesus lookalike playing synth-violin) basically involved two dancers writhing in various costumes: as bikini-clad werewolves in “Train” (“Wolflady sucks my brain“), glittering horses in “Ride the White Horse,” spidery green winged-things for “Strict Machine,” and so on. Meanwhile, the comparatively demure Ms. Goldfrapp, looking a bit like Debbie Harry in a dark pantsuit, held court at center stage, and she sounded amazing. (Damiella/Dream Out Loud has posted some pics. If you invert the angle and add a few more heads, you basically get the show from my perspective on the right side of the room, where I’d fallen in with fellow bloggers Chris/Do You Feel Loved and Matt/Fluxblog.) At any rate, if they come to your town, check ‘em out (and preferably in a spacious venue like the Nokia Theatre — you’ll want room to bop and dance.)
The Covers Project, via Pearls That Are In His Eyes. Great for use in association with Kazaa. To take just two examples, I didn’t know Scott Weiland covered Depeche Mode’s “But Not Tonight” (tho’ the original is still better) or that Elvis Costello riffed on Dylan’s country classic, “I Threw It All Away.” Good stuff.