Midnight Album Spotlight: Goldfrapp’s Supernature

Every Friday night at 9pm I spin a show on KEXP called Nite Life. And after 3 hours of dance-inspiring sets, I choose one of my favorite records for the Midnight Album Spotlight. This Friday it’s electronic duo Goldfrapp and their 2005 release Supernature.

In May 2006, I saw Goldfrapp at the Showbox. The band is from Bath, England, so they don’t play here very much. The place was packed and the huge room was unnaturally dark. Members of the band crept onstage. The guitar/keyboard guy (multi-instrumentalist Will Gregory) started to play as a light blasted onto the empty center stage. Fans begun to blow (fans? in Seattle??) and the music intensified.

Alison Goldfrapp floated into the spotlight like some alien goddess. Her neo-80’s outfit was unbelievably tight on the bottom and Stevie Nicks floaty on the top. Her hair (Barbie blonde and fluffy in the wind) contrasted with the seriousness of her stark, android movements and intense glare stare. This woman is formidable, I thought. The tension was magnetic and the music began to pulse. They hit into one of my favorite songs from Supernature! This song “Beautiful” is only on the “Deluxe” edition, and is (in my humble opinion) the best song on the record.

This is the best dance song on the record: “Ride On A White Horse”. This video shows that the band has a totally weird sense of humor. And maybe they don’t take themselves as seriously as they seem. My favorite part is the dancing underwear guys (there really aren’t enough scantily-clad men in music videos). What’s up with the “eating garbage theme”? I don’t get it. But I think that’s probably a good thing.

Goldfrapp has a new album out that is not electronic. And the cover art has this naked human/owl picture on it that haunts me. Some things you cannot un-see. Anyhow, Supernature is still my favorite Goldfrapp album. Album art and all. I highly recommend it. And DEFINITELY get the deluxe edition…

Join Michele Myers for Nite Life every Friday night at 9pm. She also produces KEXP Documentaries, short radio features on KEXP-type musical subjects.

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  1. Kat Metrovich
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Michele!
    As I took Larry (Metro) to the station, I was asking him about the new Goldfrapp; he shares your thoughts on it. I love, love, love Supernature (Especially LOVE that poster of Alison in the ladies room!). Thanks for turning me on to it awhile back. YOU are my source for ass shakin’ music! Dance on, sister…
    xo, Kat Metrovich

  2. Posted April 26, 2008 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I was at that show in May 2006 as well, and I think that was the best show I saw that year (although Ladytron’s second show was very close, if not equal). It was a total rock spectacle and lots of fun. You remarked on how serious and even cold she appeared when she came out, but one of the things I liked was that even early in the set her aloof pose would slip for a moment and she’d crack a small smile that showed how much she was enjoying herself, and then of course by the end of the show she was leading the audience in overhead handclaps and arm waving. Sadly they’re just doing shows in San Francisco and NYC before heading back to Europe for the rest of the summer, but I’m hoping they’ll do more touring through the fall and come back to Seattle.

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