It’s our Goldfrapp ‘Silver Eye’ album review. And it would seem David’s a pretty big fan of the British group’s latest work.
There’s something to be said for artists that are able to capture your hearts and minds after being a part of your musical landscape for a number of years.
It’s so rare in this day and age that musicians can capture our attention for more than a single or two.
I’m sure Samantha Jade has something insights to share in that department… alas I digress.
Goldfrapp have done an incredible job since their debut album was released in 2000 in doing just this. With consistently good albums always capturing your attention differently, it’s been a pleasure to follow their progress.
Goldfrapp likely caught your attention with a tune you may remember called ‘Ooh La La’ and while they’d had critical acclaim to that point, popularity hadn’t really come to fruition. The album ‘Supernature’ changed all that.
Fast forward to 2017 and, after a long journey of exploration, we’re back to Goldfrapp at their electronic finest.
Album number seven is ‘Silver Eye’ and it’s an early contender for album of the year.
With pulsing electronic beats, layered vocals and insightful lyrics, all cylinders are firing from the get go.
Lead single ‘Anymore’ is the perfect introduction to what you’re about to dive into. Featuring Alison’s breathy and mesmerising voice atop Will’s electronic wizardry, it’s obvious why they’ve been around for so long. They create stunning pieces of art.
Atmospheric songs are where Goldfrapp really shine because of how the track builds throughout.
‘Become The One’ is a perfect example of this; it starts out simply, but its multiple layers continue to come out of the woodwork. The chorus is an anti-climax with Alison pleading us to “become the one you know you are” over more stripped back arrangements before the song opens up again with so many layers it’s like swimming in a seven layer dip.
My other favourite tracks here are the final two songs on the album.
Both ‘Moon In Your Mouth’ and ‘Ocean’ encapsulate what I love most about Goldfrapp; they have a way of creating sorrowful beauty and a powerful message neatly tied up in sonic bliss. The two tracks end this album off in a perfect way.
If you are in Sydney (or plan to be for the Vivid Festival this year) you’d best be buying tickets to see their show. It’s a rare appearance in Australia and worth it when you have the high quality fare found on ‘Silver Eye’ at your disposal.
You can also be certain that a few of their previous hits will make an appearance too.
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : Anytime, Systemagic, Ocean.